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Teaching practical lessons using mobile laboratory : a case of selected basic schools in Zambia

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dc.contributor.advisor Mokiwa, Hamza Omari Chilando, Grace 2021-04-07T09:51:47Z 2021-04-07T09:51:47Z 2017-08
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the study was to explore teachers’ views on using mobile laboratories when teaching Integrated Science during science practical lessons; to assess the teachers’ competencies in using the mobile laboratories and the challenges they face in this practice. The research used a survey as a research design. The target population was all teachers teaching Integrated Science. The sample comprised of forty-five (45) respondents from Northern and Eastern provinces of Zambia. Purposive sampling was used to pick the participants of the study. In collecting data, questionnaires, interview schedules and observation checklist were used to collect data needed for this study. The instruments were piloted before they were used in the study. The findings from the study revealed that the quality of material in these laboratories are quite good but their numbers are not in line with the size of the classes, which negatively affects the teaching and learning process of practical lessons in science. Additionally, the teachers’ qualification, was found to be associated with their competence in the use of mobile laboratories; that is, the higher the qualification, the more the competence in the use of mobile laboratories apparatus. Furthermore, the study established the following challenges on the use of the mobile laboratories: inadequate materials in the mobile laboratories, schools are not financially strong to replenish them after they are used up, some teachers find it timeconsuming to prepare and set up the apparatus for experiments and orientation is needed for some teachers on how to use these laboratories. In view of the findings, it is recommended that the government should provide more laboratory materials and monitor the level of usage of these materials. Additionally, short courses should be organised aiming at improving science teachers’ knowledge and skills of the use of mobile laboratory facilities. Moreover, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) must be enhanced in schools with an emphasis on the orientation of mobile laboratories usage by all science teachers. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 115 leaves) : color map, color graphs, color photographs
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.ddc 372.35044096894
dc.subject.lcsh Science -- Study and teaching (Primary) -- Zambia -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Laboratories -- Zambia -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Science rooms and equipment -- Zambia -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Teacher effectiveness -- Zambia -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Primary school teachers -- In-service training -- Zambia -- Case studies en
dc.title Teaching practical lessons using mobile laboratory : a case of selected basic schools in Zambia en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Science and Technology Education en M. Ed. (Natural Sciences)

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