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Train-the-Trainer: A Study of the Professional Skill Competencies and Psychological Qualities of Teacher Trainer

Ricky Yuk-Kwan Ng and Rechell Yee-Shun Lam
Centre for Learning and Teaching, Vocational Training Council, HKSAR, China
Abstract—This study aims to explore the current challenges that teacher trainers are confronting and their training needs. Looking particular into the professional competencies and psychological qualities that teacher trainers need to possess, this study further examines the perceptions of the trainers’ changing roles from subject teachers to teacher trainers. Interviews were conducted to collect data and Dempster’s “expert judgment” technique was adopted as an evaluation method. Findings showed that ‘facilitation skills’, ‘pedagogical knowledge’, ‘rich experience’, ‘good understanding of the participants’ expectations’, ‘confidence’ and ‘self-regulation of emotion’ are the most essential skill competencies and the psychological needs of the teacher trainers. A range of ‘critical abilities’ and ‘reflective attitudes’ would also ease the anxieties raised from the trainers’ changing roles during their transitions from subject teachers to teacher trainers because teacher training is a much complex and demanding job.   

Index Terms—train-the-trainer, teacher training, profession competencies, changing roles, psychological qualities

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