Vol. 6, Issue 8 (2019)
Types of continuous professional development activities in secondary schools: A case of selected secondary schools in Chongwe district in Zambia
Author(s): Maurice Moono, Grant Mapoma Mwinsa, Vytalis Chavwanga, Alice Banda, Judith Chishipula, Beatrice Chirwa
Abstract: The study aimed at establishing the types of CPD activities in secondary schools. The objective of the study was to determine CPD activities in secondary schools in chongwe district. A descriptive survey design was used when conducting this research. The study used both qualitative and Quantitative methods of data collection. The sample consisted 110 teachers of which 61 were males and 49 were females. In selecting the participants in this study, simple random sampling was used. The study employed a structured questionnaire and a focus group discussion to ensure validity of findings. The quantitative data was analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences Software while the qualitative data was analysed by coding and grouping emerging themes. The study revealed that the common CPD activities in secondary schools are: in-house workshops, peer coaching, group study, personal research, staff retreats and CPD conferences. It has also emerged from the study that peer coaching is the frequently used activity of CPD as evident from 86.4% of the respondents who indicated that they often engaged in peer coaching as a way of improving their teaching skills. The study has also revealed that staff retreats are least used as CPD activities, only 19.1% said they often have staff retreats as CPD activities. As regards to monitoring CPD activities in schools, 87.3% of the respondents indicated that CPD activities are heavily supervised by school managers. Based on the findings, the study recommended that school managers must ensure that they vary CPD activities in secondary schools in order to avoid monotony.