PEDAGOGICAL ACTION RESEARCH PROJECTS TO IMPROVE THE TEACHING SKILLS OF EGYPTIAN EFL STUDENT TEACHERS

S. Zakareya Ahmad

Suez University, Suez Faculty of Education (EGYPT)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of Pedagogical Action Research Projects on Egyptian EFL student teachers’ teaching skills. Participants of the study—31 EFL students at Suez Faculty of Education, Suez Canal University—were pretested on teaching skills. Each participant completed a Pedagogical Action Research Project as part of the ELT Methodology course they studied that term. In completing the projects, participants 1) identified and limited topics, 2) reviewed the literature related to these topics, 3) developed research plans, 4) implemented the plans and collected data, 5) analyzed the data, 6) developed action plans, 7) shared and communicated the results they reached and finally 8) reflected on the whole process. Participants were posttested on teaching skills. Results revealed that participants achieved significant gains in teaching skills between pretest and posttest. Based on this result, it was recommended that action research be used as a tool for professional development of Egyptian EFL teachers.