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ERIC Number: EJ1405848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2024
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0968-4883
EISSN: EISSN-1758-7662
Iranian EFL Teachers' Knowledge and Skills in a Language Teaching Methodology Course: A Gap-Analysis Study
Mohammad Javadi; Mehdi Sarkhosh
Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, v32 n1 p111-126 2024
Purpose: This study aims to investigate the perceptions of Iranian English teachers about their teaching efficiency through a specific practicum course, namely, language teaching methodology. Drawing on a marketing education perspective, the researchers sought to measure the service quality offered in universities by examining teachers' satisfaction with the curriculum. Design/methodology/approach: Using quantitative gap analysis, the study evaluated the knowledge and skills of teachers in their preservice education regarding the perceived importance of knowledge and skills required in practice. The study involved 120 English as a foreign language teachers holding a BA degree from two universities in Iran, each with two to four years of teaching experience in the private sector. Data were collected using a 40-item semantic differential Likert scale developed by the researchers. The scale incorporated two components that assessed teachers' perceived importance of knowledge and skills and their preservice educational preparation. Findings: The findings revealed that most participants were overprepared in various items. However, there were some gaps in content knowledge and skills. Reasons for these gaps mainly included having adequate experience of and/or familiarity with course content, having completed relevant courses beforehand and imitating role model teachers. Teachers' underpreparation was attributed to their lack of preparation in some specific subjects due to limited skill, practice, motivation, experience and familiarity with that content area. Originality/value: This study explores the perceived knowledge and skills of Iranian English teachers and provides empirical insights into higher education service quality and customer satisfaction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iran
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