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Title:Assessment of teacher needs for implementation of Zimbabwe new 'O' level syllabus
Author:Hodzi, R.A.ISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
teaching methods
science education
secondary education
Teachers--Training of
Teaching--Aids and devices
Abstract:Teachers play an important role in the successful application of syllabuses in schools. This paper deals with the application of a science syllabus (5006/7), introduced in secondary schools in Zimbabwe, with emphasis on practical study of the application of science and technology currently used in Zimbabwe. It examines two questions: Are the form 3 and 4 science teachers able to teach the new science syllabus 5006/7? What do the teachers need in order for them to effectively implement the new science syllabus? For this investigation two types of questionnaire were developed and 130 schools were selected; 400 teachers responded to the questionnaires. The conclusion is that the syllabus, which has now been in the schools for six full terms, has been received with mixed feelings: a majority of the teachers have difficulty in teaching some topics such as beams, nails, materials etc.; some teachers pointed out that the syllabus lacks continuity and that it does not prepare students for the current 'A' level syllabus; all teachers indicated that they need teaching materials. App., bibliogr., sum.