Project-based learning as a tool for student-teachers’ professional development: A study in an Omani EFL teacher education program

Saleh Al-Busaidi, Fawzia Al-Seyabi

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Abstract

Project-based learning (PBL) helps students gain a deep understanding of the knowledge they acquire, develops higher levels of learning, and promotes the motivation to learn. Through self-inquiry, self-planning, and investigation, students learn to be independent thinkers and autonomous learners and pursue their learning needs by seeking solutions for real-life problems. The objective of this study was to explore the extent to which PBL approach helped 146 student-teachers at the College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, develop their course design skills. The study utilized a questionnaire with multiple sections. The students were asked for their opinion about the approach, the difficulties they encountered, and suggestions for improvement. The results revealed that the students’ responses were positive. The students enjoyed the project and agreed that it helped them gain many of the principles of courses design, as well as a host of academic skills. The students also reported a few challenges faced during the project such as needs analysis and writing goals and objectives. Teacher preparation programs in other contexts can benefit from the course design and the study findings to introduce change to their courses. Researchers and practitioners can also benefit from the challenges faced in implementing PBL in higher education institutions where one would expect students to be highly independent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-136
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • English language teaching
  • Oman
  • Project-based learning
  • Teacher education program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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