The Impact of Instructional coaching on changing teachers’ practice in three private schools in Sharjah – UAE

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
School leaders are under a lot of pressure to improve teaching and learning performance and meet the National Agenda of UAE Vision 2021 as per the directions from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The National Agenda focuses on reaching a first-rate education by being the top schools in core subjects Math, Science, English and Arabic. It also emphasizes on having a high qualified teacher which is the core of this research. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of the instructional coaching techniques in changing teachers’ practices through applying different types of coaching, learning walks, instructional rounds and intensive classroom observations that will help improving teachers’ practices and ultimately help students gaining better learning outcomes. A questionnaire was distributed in three school is Sharjah and 44 participants from teachers and 6 instructional coaches were interviewed. The study findings show a high percentage of teachers supporting the new method of trainings and they have positive attitude towards their coaches and the implications on their teaching that will eventually impact the student’s outcomes. It was concluded that the instructional coaching is effective, and the researcher has recommended a list of recommendations for further research and to improve and enhance the current one.
Mentoring in education., Instructional coaching., school leaders, United Arab Emirates (UAE), learning performance, teaching performance, classroom observations, learning outcomes