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dc.contributor.author Mpofu, Kayise
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-11T17:33:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-11T17:33:13Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/1640
dc.description Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Education en_US
dc.description.abstract This study was undertaken to determine the knowledge, practices and attitudes that Home Economics teachers have on the learner-centred methods of teaching. The study addressed the following questions: a) what knowledge do Home Economics teachers have on the learner-centred approach to teaching? b) do Home Economics teachers’ use learner-centred methods of teaching in their classrooms? c) what are the Home Economics teachers' attitudes towards the use of the learner-centred methods of teaching? Using the case study method and purposeful sampling procedures data were collected through observation schedules and questionnaires from seven female Home Economics teachers in selected schools in the Windhoek region. The study found that Home Economics teachers used a variety of learner-centred methods of teaching that included group work, discussions and the question and answer method. The study also revealed that Home Economics teachers engaged in learner-centred practices that promoted active participation of learners in the teaching and learning process. Such practices included allowing students to evaluate their own work, encouraging students to work in groups, and providing students with opportunities to respond to other students’ contributions. However, the teachers preferred those learner–centred methods of teaching and practices that enabled them to retain control over the teaching and learning process. Further, the study showed that Home Economics teachers have positive attitudes towards the use of various learner-centred methods. In addition, it was found that they had adequate teaching and learning materials and equipment, but lacked textbooks. In light of the above findings, the study recommends that the Home Economics teachers should use all the different learner-centred methods of teaching which include group work, discussions, question and answer method, project work, independent inquiry, dramatisation, role playing and simulations, in order to cater for individual needs and to maximize learner participation in the teaching/learning process. The study also recommends that the Home Economics teachers be given adequate textbooks. This could encourage them to adopt various learner-centred methods of teaching. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Teaching en_US
dc.subject Home economics en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Home economics, Study and teaching, Namibia
dc.subject.lcsh Home economics teachers, Namibia
dc.subject.lcsh Home economics students, Namibia
dc.title An investigation into the knowledge, attitudes and practices of home economics teachers with respect to learner-centered methods of teaching in the Windhoek educational region en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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