Perceptions of Departmental Heads, Faculty Members and Students Regarding the Effectiveness of Junior Faculty Development Programs in HEC
This study has been conducted to assess the general perception of departmental heads, faculty members and students of public/ private universities of Punjab about the effectiveness of junior faculty development programs, being conducted in higher Education institutions of Punjab for novice teachers with a special focus to determine the various factors that contribute to the need of university teachers’ professional development especially the novice like lecturers. The study dealt with three major groups of respondents; Heads of the Departments, Teachers (junior + senior), and students. It was a quantitative research and the sample of the study was Head of Departments, students and faculty members of twelve public and private universities of Punjab selected randomly. Multi- phase sampling was used to divide the population into three groups. Survey method was used and Data was collected by using a closed-ended five point likert scale questionnaire. The findings of the study were drawn from data analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. All types of analysis confirm that the whole faculty has more deficiency in expertise in usage of technology in teaching and has less deficiency in classroom Teaching Techniques, content Knowledge, Skills for teaching training Programs and Junior faculty lacks more in content knowledge, classroom Teaching Techniques and skills for teaching training programs. The results also showed that Faculty Development programs are beneficial for enhancement of productivity and improve the competency of new lecturers and also proposed by them that such kind of programs should be on regular basis and also should be compulsory.
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