Natela Doghonadze: The State of School and University Teacher Self – Development in Georgia

Sep 21, 2016 by

An Interview with Natela Doghonadze: The State of School and University Teacher Self – Development in Georgia

Michael F. Shaughnessy – Dominique Ratto
Eastern New Mexico University

  1. First of all, can you tell our readers about your education and experience?

My education is in English language teaching, and my Ph.D. is in Education.

I’ve been teaching at University for38 years, and I’ve held an administrative position for 10 years.

2) What is your personal definition of professional development?

Professional development includes all ways of increasing professional level –done as administration requirement or one’s own initiative. It involves reading up, attending conferences and trainings, organizing conferences and trainings, sharing with colleagues, doing research, etc.

 3) What exactly do you do at The International Black Sea University in Georgia?

Until this past September, I was Vice-Rector in Education, now I am a professor at the Faculty of Education and Humanities. I’m delivering some courses at BA, MA and PhD level.

4) What is your personal definition of professional development?

Professional development includes all ways of increasing one’s professional level –done as an administration or administrative requirement or on one’s own initiative. It involves reading current literature and journals , attending conferences and trainings, organizing conferences and trainings, sharing with colleagues, doing research, and the like

5) Will you please explain ICT in detail?

ICT stands for information and computer technology. Its role in professional self-development is huge, as you are flexible in time and place where you use it. Also the resources are limitless. You can use libraries and journals from all over the world. Unfortunately, some of it is quite expensive, especially the valued resources.

6)  Do you have a copy of the questionnaire used in your study?

I do, if needed, I can send it to you when I” m in my office.

7)      Has anyone ever replicated your work in other parts of the world?

I am not aware if anyone has replicated my work.

8)      Why do most teachers engage in self-development?

Some really want to teach as well as they can, but many just want to get employed, be promoted or at least not lose the job.

9)      What are some of the ways teachers in George engage in self-development?

 Mostly via the internet – reading news, articles and books on the content matter, methods of teaching, pedagogy and psychology.

10)     Is there a difference between teacher self-development and university professors self- development?

School teachers are mostly practically oriented, they are looking for practical problems they come across. University lecturers more often do research, as it is a job requirement.

11)   Self- assessment- why is it important?

It is the stimulus for self-development. It helps to discover one’ weaknesses.

12)   What have we neglected to ask?

Well, I’ve, in fact, retold the main ideas of the article. Probably, it’s needed to mention that both school and university teachers need continuous development, in order not to lag behind. Teaching, to my mind, is neither an occupation, nor a profession, it’s a way of life, and development is its natural part.

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