ERIC Number: ED248222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Teachers Advisory Centres in the Education of Teachers in Kenya. A Case Study of Nandi District. African Studies in Curriculum Development & Evaluation No. 85.
Masagara, Elizaphan Mokua
Teachers Advisory Centres (TACs) were established in Kenya to provide inservice courses to help teachers improve professionally and to offer aid in developing curriculum and using new instructional materials. A study evaluated the performance and effectiveness of the TACs in the district of Nandi. Questionnaires were submitted to TAC tutors, regular primary school teachers, and lecturers and second year students from teacher colleges. Information was sought on: (1) inservice education activities; (2) types of courses offered; (3) duration of inservice courses; (4) teacher attendance at the centers; (5) usefulness of courses to teachers; (6) performance of center course organizers; (7) performance and competence of center tutors; and (8) curriculum development activities at the centers. Findings indicated that teachers perceived TACs as lacking resources, staffed by minimally competent tutors, and inconveniently located. Most teachers did not participate in curriculum development activities at the TAC. Curriculum development activities appeared to be poorly organized and teachers' views on curriculum changes were not considered seriously. TAC courses were frequently repetitions of those teachers had already taken before certification. Recommendations are proposed for improvement of the TACs. Questionnaires used in the study are appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kenya Inst. of Education, Nairobi.; Nairobi Univ. (Kenya).; German Agency for Technical Co-Operation, Nairobi (Kenya).; African Curriculum Organisation.
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