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Title:Curriculum problems in Kenya and their influence on teachers' decision making about subject matter to be taught
Author:Okech, Jack Green
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development (ISSN 0251-0405)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
primary education
Decision making
Abstract:Teachers' decisions about the subject matter they teach in the classroom have a strong effect on student achievement. This study determines factors that affect primary school teachers in Kenya in their decisionmaking about the subject matter they teach. It examines the relationship between teachers' decisionmaking on the topics they teach and factors such as the national examination, teaching aids, available time, textbooks, teaching loads, etc. Six hundred primary school teachers, randomly selected from twenty schools in each province (Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, and Nairobi), were presented with a list of 15 constraints on decisionmaking about the subject matter to be taught. Teachers ranked the KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) examination first, teaching aids second, not having enough time third, and the textbooks supplied and the teaching of too many subjects fourth as factors exerting much pressure on decisionmaking. Teachers' responses to questions about the topics they would add or delete were also analysed in order to estimate the effect of each factor. Teachers indicated general willingness to add topics but reluctance to delete topics. It was found that there was a relationship between a teacher's sex and his/her decisionmaking. Bibliogr., sum.