Investigating teachers’ perception on the importance of teachers’ certification and of professional development program in Indonesia: An empirical study from Bali

Anak Agung Gede Agung, I Ketut Gading, Basilius Redan Werang, I Gusti Putu Sudiarta, Ni Wayan Marti

Abstract


This study aimed at describing: (a) the perceptions held by a group of teachers in Bali Province on the importance of teachers’ certification program; and (b) the perceptions held by a group of teachers in Bali Province on the importance of their professional development program. Two research statements guided this study are: (a) what are teachers’ perception of the importance of teachers’ certification program? and (b) what are teachers’ perception of the importance of their professional development program? This study employed a quantitative approach using survey research design. A purposive sampling was used to obtain 26 respondents drawn from amongst teachers in three selected districts of Bali Province, namely Buleleng District (8 teachers), Jembrana District (9 teachers) and Denpasar City (9 teachers). Quantitative data were analyzed descriptively. This study finds that: (a) 77.78 % of teachers percept negatively on the importance of teachers’ certification program; and (b) 81.81 % of teachers percept negatively on the importance of their professional development program. These findings might be worthwhile for the Indonesian government to evaluate to what extent the teachers’ certification program had a positive impact on teachers’ professionalism in teaching practices. These findings might be also worthwhile for the Education Office at Bali Province to creating some innovative program of enhancing teachers’ participation in professional development program in order that students’ right to be taught by professional teachers are met adequately.

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