ERIC Number: ED249133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Implementation of Social Studies in Lesotho. African Studies in Curriculum Development and Evaluation No. 87.
Maloi, Lebesa Charles
Problems encountered by teachers in Lesotho in implementing the 1981 elementary social studies program were investigated. Twenty randomly selected urban and rural schools participated in the study. Twenty-four teachers and 10 parents answered questionnaires and the chairman of the National Panel for Social Studies was interviewed. Findings revealed four main problems: (1) irregular school attendance, (2) mixed-age groups in classes, (3) lack of parental involvement, and (4) a shortage of funds on the part of the Ministry of Education to carry out its plans, resulting in a lack of supportive materials, a lack of relevant teacher training, and poor school facilities. Recommendations include the following: The absenteeism problem can be solved by having parents do remedial instruction at home. To teach mixed-age groups, teachers must be trained to identify pupils' differences so that they can re-adjust the syllabus to individual needs. Inservice teacher education should be provided through radio. Parents must be informed of their role. The Ministry of Education should take the necessary steps to acquire the money needed to complete the project. (RM)
Descriptors: Attendance, Comparative Education, Curriculum Development, Developing Nations, Educational Change, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Parent Participation, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Social Studies, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kenya Inst. of Education, Nairobi.; Nancy Renfro Studies, Austin, TX.; German Agency for Technical Co-Operation, Nairobi (Kenya).
Authoring Institution: African Curriculum Organisation.
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