ERIC Number: ED236085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Development of Social Studies Curriculum Content for Zambian Junior Secondary Schools. African Studies in Curriculum Development and Evaluation No. 72.
Receptivity of educators to a sample integrated social studies curriculum to replace the present single subject discipline curriculum in Zambian junior secondary schools was investigated. Geography, history, and civics teachers from 50 schools in 7 of Zambia's 9 school regions considered a proposed curriculum which seeks to promote social awareness and national unity through interdisciplinary study of locality, weather and climate, transport and communication, and population. Teachers then answered open-ended questions concerning the relevance and effectiveness of the present curriculum, the efficiency of the new program, the possible need for teacher retraining and methods changes, and areas where the new curriculum could be improved. Results were generally favorable to the new curriculum, with some reservations. Those opposed expressed concerns that individual disciplines would be watered down or possibly neglected, individual departments might lose identity, teachers might lose autonomy, and problems would develop in teacher training and materials development. Recommendations for implementing a new curriculum include revision of teacher education objectives and teacher education programs, and accelerated training of curriculum developers. A sample of the teacher questionnaire is included. (LP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: Kenya Inst. of Education, Nairobi.; Nairobi Univ. (Kenya).; German Agency for Technical Co-Operation, Nairobi (Kenya).
Authoring Institution: African Curriculum Organisation.
Note: Several pages may be marginally legible. Postgraduate Diploma, University of Nairobi.