Video: The Professional Identity for Khmer Teachers (PIKT) project

Video: The Professional Identity for Khmer Teachers (PIKT) project

The Professional Identity of Khmer Teachers (PIKT), is a groundbreaking new research collaboration between, National College of Ireland, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Phnom Penh Teacher Education College, and SeeBeyondBorders. Over the next two years, this research project will look to answer the question ‘What makes a good teacher?’ – The challenge of enhancing teacher professional identity and capability in Cambodian schools. It will focus on the tasks of building teacher professional identity: how teachers see themselves and how this may change over time.

Sreyphet Phan, Dr Bo Chan Koulika, Professor Leo Casey, Pov Pheung, and Dr Sam Chanphirun discussing the PIKT project.

Overall, this project aims to:

  • Establish a Framework for Teacher Professional Identity.
  • Develop methodology for investigating teaching practice in Cambodian schools.
  • Design an evidence-based Teacher Professional Identity module.

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Professor Leo Casey discussing the Cambodian education system.

PIKT will provide a unique opportunity for Cambodian education and for collaboration between major educational institutions in Cambodia and Ireland. It is funded through the Irish Research Council in partnership with Irish Aid under the Collaborative Alliances for Societal Challenges (COALESCE) programme.


Find out more by watching the PIKT research project video.

Alternatively, read the PIKT project video transcript.


This project is funded by the Irish Research Council.

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