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ERIC Number: EJ1059527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Teaching with IRA in the Mwanza Region of Tanzania
McDermott, Peter
Language and Literacy Spectrum, v20 p69-82 2010
This is a descriptive self-study of my experience participating in IRA's Diagnostic Teaching Project in Tanzania. The paper describes the teacher educators with whom I worked, their responses to IRA's curriculum, and what I learned about Tanzanian people, culture and education. Data are derived from a Likert survey, an open-item questionnaire, and my own observations in teaching a curriculum based on constructivist theory and classroom-based assessment. I found participants to be very receptive about the literacies theories and practices presented, and I describe some of the cultural challenges I faced while teaching there. Although there are enormous obstacles to educational reform in this beautiful country, with such motivated people as those I met in IRA's project, there is much hope for a better future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tanzania