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dc.contributor.author Nghipandulwa, Leena en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-07T14:08:21Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-07T14:08:21Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/553
dc.description a thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Education en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract provided by author en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the Biology teachers' perceptions of the importance of practical work in selected secondary schools in the Oshana Education Region. The study also sought to find out whether the selected secondary schools in the OER had all the necessary resources needed to conduct meaningful practical lessons in Biology en_US
dc.description.abstract This study sought to answer the following research questions: 1. What are the Secondary School teachers' perceptions of the importance of practical work in Biology in Oshana Education Region? 2. How do Biology teachers in Oshana Education Region perceive the use of practical work during instruction? 3. To what extent is practical work done in Biology classrooms in the Oshana Education Region? 4. Do Secondary Schools in Oshana education region have all the necessary resources for conducting practical lessons in Biology?This study was situated in both the qualitative and quantitative research paradigms. The population of this study consisted of all 13 Secondary Schools in the OER which offer Biology as a subject at Grade 11 and 12 levels. Eight Secondary Schools in the OER were randomly selected to take part in this study. A sample comprising of 23 Biology teachers was then chosen purposively from the 8 Secondary Schools. A questionnaire and an observation schedule were used to collect the data for this study. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze quantitative data and included frequency tables, graphs and pie charts. Qualitative data were categorised into themes that emerged from the data. The findings showed that the 69.9 of the Biology teachers did not have a laboratory specifically for conducting Biology practicals and carried out their practicals in a common laboratory, used for both Physical Science and Biology or in their classrooms. Two (two out of nine teachers) of the observed teachers did not bother to carry out practical work and taught Biology as a completely theoretical subject, which disadvantaged learners on Paper 3, alternative to course work paper. The findings also showed that 66.6 of the teachers in the Oshana Education Region were not carrying out practicals in Biology. They claimed to be doing so, but in actual sense there were not much practical work taking place in those schools as four out of six of the observed teachers were doing demonstrations only en_US
dc.description.abstract The findings also showed that the materials necessary for carrying out practical work were not available in the Biology classrooms or laboratories. This was evident from the non-availability of practical manuals for both teachers and learners resulting in the use of teacher made hand-outs. This situation needs to be seriously addressed if practical work is to become popular among the learners and the teachers in the Oshana Education Region in Namibia.The Ministry of Education through Biology Advisory Teachers should seriously address the problems of both lack of laboratory space for the conduct of Biology practicals and the laboratory resources to ensure the conduct of practicals in schools in the Oshana Education Region. Biology Teachers should be encouraged to borrow materials necessary for conducting practicals from neighbouring schools in cases where their schools do not have the necessary resources for conducting practicals in Biology en_US
dc.format.extent xv, 124 p en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.source.uri en_US
dc.source.uri http://wwwisis.unam.na/theses/nghipandulwa2011.pdf en_US
dc.subject Biology study and teaching secondary Namibia en_US
dc.title Secondary school teachers' perceptions of the importance of practical work in biology in Oshana educational region en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.identifier.isis F004-199299999999999 en_US
dc.description.degree Windhoek en_US
dc.description.degree Namibia en_US
dc.description.degree University of Namibia en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Education en_US
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