ERIC Number: ED250167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Investigation of Problems of Implementing Curriculum in Primary Schools in Somalia. African Studies in Curriculum Development & Evaluation.
Mohamed, Ibrahim Jeylani
The aim of this study was to investigate the implementation of modern mathematics in the primary schools of Somalia. In particular, three concerns were addressed: (1) teachers' confidence and ability in teaching mathematics; (2) students' interest in mathematics; and (3) students' examination performance in mathematics. Subjects were 30 teachers and 150 pupils in Primary One (age 8) in four schools in Mogadishu and Afgoye. Observations, teachers' notes, interviews, questionnaires (for teachers), and tests (for students) were used. The results are reported in terms of: (1) class size (only 10 percent of the classes had an enrollment of less than 50); (2) teachers' qualifications (only two-thirds had attended the in-service course in mathematics) and achievement of students and teachers (poor); (3) lesson preparation; (4) classroom evaluation; and (5) confidence and ability of teachers. Recommendations suggest that a training course needs to be carefully planned, and some basic characteristics are listed. Appended are the instruments used in the study. (MNS)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Developing Nations, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Inservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Primary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Kenya Inst. of Education, Nairobi.; Nairobi Univ. (Kenya).; German Agency for Technical Co-Operation, Nairobi (Kenya).
Authoring Institution: African Curriculum Organisation.
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research; Somalia
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