Studying the Scaling of Teacher Professional Development for English Language Learning in Kerala, India

Project Information
Project Status: In Progress
Implementing Organization
IT for Change

18 months



This action research project studies how the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge framework (TPACK) can be used to up-scale the TPD to build teachers’ pedagogical and content knowledge and abilities. The research will develop Communities of Practice (CoPs) of these teachers, for sustained support to TPD, enabling sharing of ideas, experiences, resources, and connecting the TPD to teacher contexts. The aim of these two TPD components is to improve the quality of content created by teachers and strengthen/reform their pedagogical beliefs and practices towards equity and social inclusion. 

Employing mixed methods in data collection and analysis, the research will study factors that would promote equity in the TPD and enable the contextual upscaling of the program, in terms of depth, sustainability, and ownership. Online surveys of around 1,200 teachers across Kasargod will provide quantitative information. Key informant interviews and focus group discussions with select teachers, master trainers, and district and state functionaries, participatory observation of TPD events, reviews of reflective journals, and interaction amongst the CoPs’ virtual forums, will provide the qualitative complement. The TPD and research is proposed to be conducted in two cycles to deepen understanding of the possibilities and challenges in upscaling the TPD model.