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An evaluation of the teaching of evolution in selected grade 10 classrooms in Namibia

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dc.contributor.advisor Mudau, Awelani V. Shingenge, Mikal 2020-11-17T09:26:03Z 2020-11-17T09:26:03Z 2019-01
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the study was to evaluate the teaching of evolution in selected grade 10 classrooms in Namibia. Some teachers from Oshikoto region in Onyaanya circuit have indicated the difficulties they have encountered when teaching the topic in Life Science of Namibian curriculum. Moreover, the teaching of evolution has a great practical value for student directly or indirectly, evolutionary biology has made many contributions to society. An understanding of evolution is essential in finding and using natural resources and it will be indispensable to establish sustainable relationship with the natural environment. Specifically, this study examined a set of variables including teachers’ understanding of evolution. The data were collected from Life Science teachers through administration of evolution content knowledge. Qualitative case study approach was employed. The population comprised of three Life Science grade 10 teachers from three schools. Three teachers were selected by using a purposive sampling technique. The sampling technique was chosen because is relevant to the conceptual framework and the research questions addressed by the research. The qualitative research was executed by applying the phenomenological method. Mason (2012) claims that: “qualitative research is used when the research wishes to understand meanings, beliefs and values”. The study was drawn from the theory of social constructivism theory by Vygotsky, 1978. According to Vygotsky, (1978) “much important learning by the child occurs through social interaction with a skilful tutor”. The researcher collected qualitative data by means of classroom observations and semi-structured I with three Life Science teachers from three different schools. The following research questions were attempt to be answered: What is the nature of teacher’s content knowledge on evolution teaching in grade 10? What is the nature of teachers’ instructional strategies during evolution teaching? How does the teachers’ content knowledge and instructional strategies shape the teacher’s interactions and discourse? The collected data was analysed using Classroom Practice Diagnostic Framework (CPDF). Participants used their teaching experiences to teach evolution. This study indicated a lack of content knowledge among teachers and teaching and learning resources at schools. It is recommended that the Ministry of Education allocate enough textbook funds to regions to cater for every learner’s textbook. Life Science education officer should collaborate with biology education officer to organise a workshop for Life Science teacher in their region. The workshop will equip teachers with more information on evolution and will help in the improvement of learners’ performances. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 150 leaves) : color illustrations en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Teaching evolution en
dc.subject Teacher knowledge en
dc.subject Instructional strategies en
dc.subject Classroom interaction and discourse en
dc.subject Life Science en
dc.subject.ddc 576.807126881
dc.subject.lcsh Evolution (Biology) -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Namibia -- Oshikoto -- Evaluation -- Case studies en
dc.title An evaluation of the teaching of evolution in selected grade 10 classrooms in Namibia en
dc.title.alternative An evaluation of the teaching of evolution in selected grade ten classrooms in Namibia en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Science and Technology Education en M. Ed. (Natural Science Education)

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