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dc.contributor.author Amutenya, Martha N
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-09T17:02:28Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-09T17:02:28Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/1616
dc.description A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Education of the University of Namibia in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the award of the Master of Education Degree en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to find out whether Basic Education Teacher Diploma In service Training (BETD INSET) graduate teachers practiced and encouraged active learner participation in their classrooms. Further, the study attempted to find out the factors that might be hindering active participation of learners in the instructional process. Two research approaches were used to collect data, namely interviews and observations of the BETD INSET graduate teachers’ classroom practice with respect to active learner participation. The purpose of interviews was to solicit the views, experiences and practices of the BETD INSET teachers regarding active learner participation in their classes. In addition, three lessons of each of the 15 BETD INSET teachers were observed. Classroom observation provided the researcher with the opportunity to actually observe how the teachers practiced active learner involvement and the class interactions during the instructional process. The frequency tables were used to analyze the data collected. From the results of this study, it seems that the BETD INSET programme has positive effects on the teachers’ practice in the classroom. It seems as if the teachers have changed their teaching methods as required by the new teaching philosophy, namely Learner Centered Education (LCE) in Namibian schools that promotes active learner participation. The discussion method was observed as a common teaching method used by the BETD INSET teachers in their classrooms. Discovery and experiential methods were practiced less by 40 % in the BETD INSET teachers’ classrooms. The results also indicated that the learners’ role had changed from passive receivers to knowledge constructors. To a large extent, 7 0% of the learners made contributions to the class discussion by answering and asking the teacher questions. However to a lesser extent, 30% of the learners formulated concepts and learned by doing. It was also found that various factors hindered the practice of active learner participation in the BETD INSET teachers’ classes such as: -- Language problems experienced by some learners -- Classes lack of enough textbooks and other teaching and learning facilities; -- Shyness among learners; -- Automatic promotion from grade to grade; -- Very large classes sizes; and -- Poor involvement of parents in the education of their children. The study recommends that the BETD In service programme be continued until all other teachers who have got other qualifications other than the BETD certificate are catered for in order to enable them practice active learner participation in their classes. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Learner participation en_US
dc.subject In-service training en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers, Namibia, Ondangwa
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers, In-service training, Namibia, Ondangwa
dc.title Active learner participation: a study of the basic education teacher diploma in-service training teachers' classroom practice in the Ondangwa West & East educational regions en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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