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Title:The impact of MASTEP on the use of practical work in Namibian science classes
Authors:Kandjeo-Marenga, HedwigISNI
Kapenda, H.
Lubben, F.ISNI
Campbell, B.
Gaoseb, N.
Kasanda, C.ISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Namibia
Southern Africa
Subjects:teacher education
teaching methods
science education
secondary education
Science--Study and teaching
Science teachers
Effective teaching
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/zjer/article/view/26070
Abstract:This article presents an investigation into the changes in the teaching practices of practical work in senior science classes in Namibia. The teachers in this study are involved in a training programme, the Mathematics and Science Teacher Extension Programme (MASTEP). Pre and post-intervention data were collected from 8 biology teachers and 4 physical science teachers. Lesson plans, worksheets and other documentation were used to characterize practical activities using an established taxonomy. Classroom interactions were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. The findings indicate an increased focus on practical activities aimed more at qualitative rather than quantitative understanding of science concepts. In addition, the post-MASTEP teachers favoured small group work and demonstrations. The changes in teaching practices are attributed to the improved pedagogic content knowledge (PCK) that has enabled teachers to align their practice with the assessment system. App., bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]