ERIC Number: ED248117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Revision of Primary I-III Science Curriculum in Somalia. African Studies in Curriculum Development & Evaluation No. 83.
Abdi, Ahmed Ali
This study was designed to evaluate: (1) the content of the primary I-III science curriculum in Somalia; (2) the instructional materials that back up the content and methodologies; and (3) the professional competence of the teachers in charge of teaching this subject. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire, observations, and unstructured interviews from teachers, inspectors and curriculum developers in rural and urban schools. Findings indicate that the curriculum is poorly taught in all the 50 schools examined. Specifically: the level of content is difficult for students to grasp; textbooks, which have few illustrations, are not available for all students; the level of language used in the textbooks is difficult; improvisation of such materials as textbooks and teaching aids is inadequate; the school environment is not used; teachers are crash-trained and their level of knowledge is below average; and teachers are not offered retraining courses. Based on these and other findings several recommendations are offered. They include reviewing the primary I-III syllabus in terms of topics and difficult concepts, providing primary teachers with greater background in science, and utilizing laboratories in teacher training colleges. (JN)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Foreign Countries, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Resource Materials, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kenya Inst. of Education, Nairobi.; Nairobi Univ. (Kenya).; German Agency for Technical Co-Operation, Nairobi (Kenya).
Authoring Institution: African Curriculum Organisation.
Identifiers: Science Education Research; Somalia
Note: Requirement for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Development, University of Nairobi.