ERIC Number: EJ1146152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Kenyan Secondary Teachers' and Principals' Perspectives and Strategies on Teaching and Learning with Large Classes
Ndethiu, Sophia M.; Masingila, Joanna O.; Miheso-O'Connor, Marguerite K.; Khatete, David W.; Heath, Katie L.
Africa Education Review, v14 n1 p58-86 2017
The reality that teachers in developing countries teach large, and even overcrowded classes, is daunting and one that may not go away any time soon. Class size in Kenyan public secondary schools is generally 40-59 students per class. This article reports initial findings on teachers' and principals' perspectives related to large classes. We used questionnaires, interviews and classroom observation data to examine teachers' and principals' perspectives regarding their capacities to teach and manage large classes; what challenges large class sizes present; and what additional supports teachers and principals perceive to be necessary. Both teachers and principals reported that the current class size has a negative impact on teaching and learning. Additionally, both teachers and principals cited a need for more support in the form of (a) professional development; (b) workload reduction; and (c) increased resources. These areas of support could help to mediate the effects of large class size, including an almost sole reliance on lecturing with little teacher-to-student and student-to-student interaction.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, Principals, Secondary School Teachers, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Strategies, Teaching Methods, Large Group Instruction, Developing Nations, Class Size, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Interviews, Observation, Outcomes of Education, Faculty Development, Faculty Workload, Educational Resources, Lecture Method, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Barriers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
Sponsor: United States Agency for International Development, Academy for Educational Development
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya