This project aimed to provide insight into online and face-to-face teaching communities in Bangladesh (with online focus), what communities do they use, what do they want to get out of these communities, and how these communities can be supported and improved (with focus on primary teachers). The research is also expected to provide insight into the process and value of this kind of work.
This project is aligned to TMTE (Training of Master Trainers in English), a programme aimed at enhancing primary-level in-service English teacher education through the development of a cadre of 2,020 Master Trainers who will have a defined role within the education system, supporting primary teachers across the country to improve their teaching and English language skills. The research questions included:
1. What online/offline communities do teachers currently use to connect with other teachers and/or access CPD resources?
2. What do teachers expect from these communities?
3. What do teachers think of existing communities?
4. What is and is not working in existing communities?
5. How can teachers most effectively develop a sustainable community of practice?
6. What recommendations can be made for future British Council work to support teacher CPD by connecting teachers, how could this be built into future project design?
7. What platforms or communities should British Council use to best connect with teachers in the future?