Performance of Learning Processes in a Micro Teaching Class at Ar-Raniry Islamic National University
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AbstractMicro teaching, one of the most frequently used methods in the pre-service education of teachers, is used by many lecturers from the teacher training and education faculty at Ar-Raniry Islamic National University. The micro- teaching program is aimed to train prospective teachers with systematic trials of their teaching abiity. The purpose of this study was to examine the performances of students during the learning processes in the micro-teaching classes. The objectives of this study were to see how the students performed in their micro-teaching classes, to find out the opinions of the students about their teaching performances and to find out the opinions of their lecturer about their performances. This qualitative study focused on 6 students and their lecturer in a Micro-Teaching Class at Ar-Raniry Islamic National University in June 2016. These 6 students and their lecturer were observed using the research instruments that were developed based on the micro-teaching methods under the guidance of the lecturer. The instruments used in this study were observations and interviews which were used for recording the performances of the students with additional thoughts from their lecturer. The result of this study showed that in their first presentation, the students felt anxious performing in front of their friends and their lecturer due to their lack of prior experience . While in the second performance, their efforts in putting on their best performance such as preparing their lesson plans plus better style in opening and closing the class were apparent. They felt more comfortable in their teaching practice and performing professionally in front of their colleagues. The interview results showed that the students believed that the micro-teaching class gave them a chance to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses in teaching, plusadvice received from their lecturer and colleagues had some positive impact to improve the quality of their teaching performances. The findings revealed that these six students had positive attitudes towards the application of micro-teaching with regard to its effectiveness for professional development, self-assessment, self-confidence, material production, and linguistic levels.