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The ‘trainer in your pocket’: mobile phones within a teacher continuing professional development (CDP) program in Bangladesh

Walsh, Christopher S.; Power, Tom; Khatoon, Masuda; Biswas, Sudeb Kumar; Paul, Ashok Kumar; Sarka, Bikash Chandra and Griffiths, Malcolm (2013). The ‘trainer in your pocket’: mobile phones within a teacher continuing professional development (CDP) program in Bangladesh. Professional Development in Education, 39(2) pp. 186–200.

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Abstract

Examples of mobile phones being used with teachers to provide continuing professional development (CPD) in emerging economies at scale, is largely absent from the research literature. We outline English in Action’s (EIA) model for providing 80,000 teachers CPD to improve their communicative language teaching (CLT) in Bangladesh over nine years. EIA’s CPD program is delivered face-to-face and supported through open distance learning (ODL). This innovative model of teacher CPD is supported through peer learning and self-study using a variety of print, audio and video resources. Drawing on the success of EIA’s pilot studies, where internal and external evaluation reported significant improvement in teachers’ and students’ English language competence after one year, the current phase is using low-cost mobile phones, or the ‘trainer in your pocket’ to deliver CPD to 12,500 teachers through 2015. We believe EIA’s teacher CDP model is best suited to assist the project in achieving one of its primary goals: to increase the English language proficiency of 12 million students allowing them to access greater social and economic opportunities in the future. We argue EIA’s use of mobile phones for the provision of teacher CPD at scale is timely and replicable in both developed and developing contexts.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 International Professional Development Association (IPDA)
ISSN: 1941-5265
Keywords: mobile phones; teacher professional development; English in Action (EIA); communicative English language teaching; open distance learning (ODL); teachers continuing professional development (CPD)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Item ID: 36476
Depositing User: Christopher Walsh
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 09:16
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2019 18:06
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36476
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