1999．第14卷第1期（Vol. 14 No. 1）．pp. 107129
Perceptions of Heads of Subject Panels towards Staff Development Program: A Study of Secondary Schools in Samarahan Division, Sarawak, Malaysia
Kian-Sam HONG, Michael Tet-Loke LIAU, & Mohamad Syariff Affendy bin MATJERAIE
The Malaysian Education System encourages teachers to upgrade their abilities through Staff Development Programs (SDP) under the responsibility of the Head of Subject Panel (HSP). School inspectors have reported that the SDP has not been well implemented. This study, addressed to investigate the perceptions of the HSP regarding the implementation of the SDP in schools, assumed that such implementation depended on administrative support, balance between theory and practice, assessment, continuity and planning, and teachers' needs and developmental approach in executing the SDP. A questionnaire was used to obtain the required information based on the five factors from 156 HSPs in the Samarahan Division, Sarawak, Malaysia. The findings indicated that the HSPs were not satisfied with the present implementation and the lack of support from school administrators for the SDP. The assessment process for the SDP was deemed to be satisfactory and the HSP's felt teachers valued the SDP and thought of it being capable to enhance the professionalism of teachers. Significant differences were found to exist in the perceptions of the HSPs for the SDP according to tenure of service but there was no significant relationship between perceptions towards SDP and the rate of implementation.
Keywords: staff development program; head of subject panel; secondary schools