School Science Practical Work in Africa: Experiences and Challenges, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

School Science Practical Work in Africa

Experiences and Challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Umesh Ramnarain


210 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-07-10
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School Science Practical Work in Africa presents the scope of research and practice of science practical work in African schools. It brings together prominent science educators and researchers from Africa to share their experience and findings on pedagogical innovations and research-informed practices on school science practical work.

The book highlights trends and patterns in the enactment and role of practical work across African countries. Practical work is regarded as intrinsic to science teaching and learning and the form of practical work that is strongly advocated is inquiry-based learning, which signals a definite paradigm shift from the traditional teacher-dominated to a learner-centered approach. The book provides empirical research on approaches to practical work, contextual factors in the enactment of practical work, and professional development in teaching practical work.

This book will be of great interest to academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of science education and educational policy.

Table of Contents

1. Inquiry-based learning in South African schools : Umesh Ramnarain

2. The use of easily accessible resources during hands-on practical activities in rural under-resourced Namibian schools: Eva Asheela, Kenneth Ngcoza and Joyce Sewry

3. Advances in the inquiry-based science education at Zimbabwean schools: Lydia Mavuru and Washington Dudu

4. The role of practical work in the teaching of science in Nigerian schools: Upahi Johnson Enero and Oyelekan Oloyede Solomon

5. The pedagogical orientations of Malawian science teachers towards practical work: Dorothy Nampota, Nellie Mbano and Bob Maseko

6. Enactment of Practical Work in Kenyan Secondary Schools: Findings in a narrative inquiry: Josephat M. Miheso

7. Science practical work and its assessment in secondary schools of Uganda: Israel Kibirige

8. Science and Engineering Practices coverage in science practical work activities: Analysis of Zambia’s Integrated Science Curriculum Materials: Vivien Mweene Chabalengula and Frackson Mumba

9. Ways to implement "Practical Work" in STEM subjects in Tanzania’s secondary schools: Ladislaus M. Semali

10. Reflections and future directions in the implementation of practical work in African schools: Umesh Ramnarain

About the Editor

Umesh Ramnarain is a Pprofessor in Science Education, and Head of Department in the Department of Science and Technology Education at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

About the Series

Perspectives on Education in Africa

The African continent is at a crucial moment in its history. Conflicts, political disappointments, developmental difficulties and poverty issues are well disseminated by the international media, but it also has a promising demography and hopeful economic growth. Education is at the heart of the challenges facing the continent, and research into Africa’s 21st century potential is of increasing interest to international scholars and policymakers alike.

This series aims to examine institutions regarded as fundamental in helping African countries face major challenges across the Continent. It seeks to offer tools for analysing, understanding and decision-making concerning contemporary issues of education in Africa. Believing that perspectives should not be observed, analysed and strategized from outside, the series draws on local knowledge and experience, promoting interaction between African and non-African scholars in order to explore the implications for the future, and the ways in which education in Africa can be enhanced, influenced and developed.

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