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Title:Student teachers' perceptions of and attitudes towards teaching practice deployment in Zimbabwe
Authors:Siyakwazi, P.
Nyawaranda, V.ISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:teacher education
Teaching practice
Teachers--Training of
Abstract:This paper presents data on the perceptions of teacher trainees following the nongraduate Diploma in Education Programme in 14 primary and secondary teacher training colleges in Zimbabwe of the different types of schools to which they are assigned for teacher training, and examines the implications for how their practice teaching is assessed. Data were collected through a study conducted in 1990 among 264 teacher trainees, using questionnaires and interviews. The results show that both primary and secondary teacher trainees prefer to be assigned to urban schools. In the case of rural areas, they prefer mission to council schools. The paper argues that issues such as the assignment of teacher trainees to rural schools without basic facilities and to schools with untrained/unqualified headmasters should be seriously addressed if the quality of teacher training is to be improved in Zimbabwe. Bibliogr., sum.