The process of developing professional capacity for teachers

Van-Thong Ho

Dong Thap University, Vietnam.

Van-Dat Tran

An Giang University, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Van-De Nguyen

Dong Thap University, Vietnam.

Trong-Nam Phan

Dong Thap University, Vietnam.

Thanh-Hung Cao

Kien Giang Pedagogical College, Vietnam.


Keywords: Educational reform, High school teachers, New educational program, Pre-school teachers, Professional capacity, Professional development.


The primary aim of Vietnam's new educational program is to enhance students' knowledge and skills through practical learning experiences, enabling them to tackle academic and real-world challenges. However, teachers in Dong Thap province face limitations in their professional competencies. Thus, this study aims to address these issues by examining different models for developing teachers' professional competencies. 1,116 participants participated in this study (258 managers and 868 teachers from high schools and preschools) who completed two questionnaires assessing their professional competence and the perceived importance of professional development. The findings reveal that teachers lack subject knowledge, interdisciplinary understanding   and skills in teaching design and assessment. Both school managers and teachers recognize the necessity of professional competence development. A three-step process for enhancing teachers' professional competence is proposed for implementing professional development activities based on these findings.


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