Quality Improvement of the Teaching Practice Component of the PGDE Programme
Open University of Sri Lanka, LK
Professor G.D. Lekamge currently serves as the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Open University of Sri Lanka. She is working as the Editor of the OUSL Journal. She has completed a number of research studies on quality improvement of Faculty Programmes and national level issues under World Bank funds. Her interests include Distance Education, Teacher Education, Educational Psychology and Research Methodology.
The Faculty of Education prepared an action plan with the aim of improving the quality of different aspects of teaching practice of a professional training programme offered by the Open University of Sri Lanka. The target group consisted of Lecturers, Master Teachers, School Mentors and student teachers who had been involved in the teaching practice component of the programme for sometime. A variety of methods were used for collecting data which were analyzed and interpreted at different stages of the project. Certain critical problems and issues were identified and suitable strategies to overcome the problems were explored. Further, the experience gained by implementing some of the best strategies was analyzed and possible changes that should be made to improve them further were discussed. It was envisaged that the whole activity would make a strong impact on the professional development of student teachers thereby improving the quality of the programme conducted by the Faculty.