Collegial Supervisory Practice in Malaysian Public Schools: Evidence from Secondary School Teachers

1Azmir Hashim, Lokman Mohd Tahir and Mohammed Berhandden Musah

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Abstract:

In this study, we explore teachers’ viewpoints on the concept of collegial supervision and supporting elements which believed advocated the collegial practice in Malaysian public secondary schools. The study equally examines the benefits of practising collegial supervision within the sampled secondary schools. A purposive sampling technique was engaged to select and interview 15 novice and experienced public secondary teachers for data collection. The findings revealed that teachers viewed the collegial supervision (CS) platform as a means to improve teaching practices. Teachers, however, argued that the CS standards framework and implementation needs to be aligned with the National Education Philosophy and sociocultural environment of Malaysia. Interestingly, the findings also revealed three significant elements; collegial relationship, teachers assisting other teachers and school administrators’ supports constituted the CS practices in the context of secondary schools in Malaysia. Furthermore, teachers expressed that CS practice had benefited them in reducing the hierarchical form of superiority gap in schools. The findings also revealed that teachers benefited through CS knowledge sharing practices for professional development where experienced teachers assist their novice counterparts.

Keywords:

Collegial Supervision, Public Schools, Secondary Teachers, Malaysia, Benefits of Collegial Supervision.

Paper Details
Month4
Year2020
Volume24
IssueIssue 5
Pages2439-2453