ERIC Number: ED248123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Three Course Patterns for the Implementation of Science Laboratory Technician Curriculum in Applied Sciences. African Studies in Curriculum Development & Evaluation.
Kahuki, Isaiah Njau
Three course patterns are currently available to laboratory technician trainees in Kenya. Students may select the full time option (attending classes full time), the sandwich option (alternating between a term of employment and a term of full time studies), or the day release option (attending classes one full day per week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) until the course is completed. This research examined whether any of these three patterns is superior to the others. Specific areas investigated included the differences in mean scores at the end of the course, the opinions of lecturers regarding the three patterns, and how much of the practical skills and theoretical knowledge taught is retained by the trainees in each of the three patterns. Findings indicate that students in full time classes performed better on the final examination than students in day release classes and that there were no differences in the attitudes of lecturers toward the three course patterns. Several recommendations are offered based on these and other findings. For example, the fulltime and sandwich patterns are appropriate for the weaker student who needs a boost in examination performance. (Supporting documentation, including questionnaires used and additional data, are provided in appendices.) (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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: Kenya; Science Education Research
Note: Requirement for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Development, University of Nairobi. Portions of document in light type.