Understanding teachers' views on professional development: An exploratory qualitative study in a private school system

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Philosophy in Education

First Supervisor/Advisor

Dr Meher Rizvi


Institute for Educational Development, Karachi


This study explores holistic teacher development within the diverse educational landscape of Pakistan with a focus on how professional development (PD) programs can support the teachers in becoming more effective, adaptable, and empathetic educators. Utilizing a qualitative research approach, the study explores the perceptions of the teachers on the existing PD programs within the ABC School System and examining their impact on the skills, knowledge, motivation, and the relevance of these programs to their teaching context for the teachers. The research highlights the need for the PD programs that are not only aligned with the current educational trends but also adaptable to the future challenges. The findings suggest the importance of the continuous and comprehensive teacher development that encompasses the cognitive (Head), affective (Heart), social (History) and psychomotor (Hand) domains that aims to foster an environment of the shared growth and innovation in the teaching practices. This study contributes to the understanding of the effective teacher development strategies and offer insights for the policy reform and the practical implementation to enhance the teacher effectiveness and the student learning outcomes in Pakistan.

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