English Teachers Professional Development at Hulu Sungai Selatan, South Kalimantan


Abstract


This research is conducted to find out the efforts, supports and also obstacles obtained by certified English teachers in Hulu Sungai Selatan to pursue their professional development. The subjects of this research are 35 English teachers from Hulu Sungai Selatan. Specifically they are teachers from Islamic Secondary Schools (MA, MTs) who have been certified. Questionnaire, and in depth- interview were used to gather the data . The result showed that there are three kinds of efforts done by the teachers to pursue professional development, namely Ongoing development, developing through reading and further study and further development. In addition, the research found that there was a little support given from the headmaster and school related to teachersprofessional development. The obstacles faced by English teachers were also varied among others, they found difficulties to access new information and internet since they lived in remote areas, few seminar or workshop hold in HSS and no fund provided to join national workshop or enroll postgraduate study.

Key words: Professional development, Efforts, Supports, and Obstacles

Penelitian ini dilakukan untuk mengetahui usaha, dukungan dan juga kendala yang diperoleh guru mata pelajaran Bahasa Inggris bersertifikasi di Hulu Sungai Selatan dalam melanjutkan pengembangan profesionalisme mereka. Subjek dalam penelitian ini adalah 35 orang guru bahasa Inggris dari Hulu Sungai Selatan terutama mereka yang mengajar pada tingkat Sekolah Menengah Pertama (MA, MTs) dan telah bersertifikasi. Data penelitian diperoleh melalui tekhnik kuesioner dan wawancara mendalam. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa terdapat teradpat 3 macam usaha yang dilakukan guru-guru tersebut dalam mengembangkan profesionalisme mereka, yaitu usaha pengembangan yang sedang berjalan, usaha pengembangan melalui kegiatan membaca dan studi lanjutan, serta usaha pengembangan lanjutan. Selanjutnya, hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa hanya sedikit dukungan yang diberikan kepala sekolah & pihak sekolah lainnya terkait pengembangan profesionalisme guru. Kendala yang dihadapi guru Bahasa Inggris tersebut juga bervariasi. Seperti contohnya, para guru tersebut kesulitan dalam mengakses informasi baru dan internet karena mereka tinggal di daerah terpencil, minimnya seminar atau workshop yang diadakan di Hulu Sungai Selatan dan ketiadaan dana untuk berpartisipasi dalam workshop nasional atau mengenyam pendidikan pascasarjana.

Kata kunci: Pengembangan profesionalisme, usaha, dukungan, kendala

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18592/jt.v2i3.611

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