The Selection and Implementation of Teacher Professional Development: Coaching and Mentoring in Teaching Approaches (SAIFON Model)

  • Saifon Songsiengchai Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University
Keywords: Teacher Professional Development, Coaching and Mentoring, SAIFON model


This academic article highlights the significance of coaching and mentoring and the role Thai EFL teachers  play in the process of developing their skills useful to teaching English language for Thai EFL students in higher education level. In most cases in Thai context, the teachers lack efforts to establish the implementation of coaching and mentoring process in teaching (Wichitputcharaporn, & Niyamapa, 2016). This is being reflected in the poor performances and learning ability of the students schools (Devine, Houssemand, & Meyers, 2013). Coaching and Mentoring is an effective approach in developing skills of individuals to achieve success to the fullest and later on pass on their learnings to others (OBEC,2013). Unsurprisingly, today it is so evident that coaching and mentoring are considered by many educators as just but some of the most effective ways to strengthen the professional development of teachers. In line with this realization, this particular article aims to discuss prime descriptive information on coaching and mentoring, e.g., definition, differences, commonalities, and of course, their relation to each other. With regard to this, there are six coaching and mentoring in teaching approaches selected  for teachers’ professional development: 1) peer coaching approach, 2) appreciative practice approach, 3) team coaching approach, and               4) instructional coaching approach, by implementation with the author’s synthesised model from the six approaches, entitled the SAIFON’s model consisting of six processes : Surveying teacher’s needs, Associating with a plan, Instructing teaching strategies, Feedback to teaching demonstration, Observing teaching in the real context, and Notifying problems and Solutions.


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