Secondary School Teachers Experiences in Managing Large Classes : The Case of Secondary Schools in Buchosa District in Mwanza

Siperto, Benjamin (2018) Secondary School Teachers Experiences in Managing Large Classes : The Case of Secondary Schools in Buchosa District in Mwanza. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The study investigated the experiences of secondary school teachers in managing large classes in Buchosa District council in Mwanza Region of Tanzania. This study was guided by three objectives: to determine the average class size in secondary schools in Buchosa District Council; analyse strategies that a teacher use to manage large classrooms; and analyse challenges teachers encounter as they manage overcrowded classrooms. The study used survey design where data were collected by questionnaire, interview and documentary review. The study revealed that the average class size in secondary schools in Buchosa District Council was as large as 100 students. The study found that the teachers used different methods to handle large classes these were lecture and group discussion, despite of those methods the teaching was not effective in teaching students. Further, the study found that teachers in large classrooms encountered many challenges, including shortage of teaching -learning materials and shortage of teachers which resulted to an increased teaching load that accelerated poor students' performance. In the light of these findings, the study recommends that, the government in collaboration with the communities should find a way to reduce class size to an average of 40 students as it used to be before. It is also recommends that school administration with collaboration with local communities' authority should construct class rooms to minimize crowded classrooms. For further studies, this study recommends that similar study should be conducted to involve more public secondary schools and also private secondary schools.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Policy Planning and Administration
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 07:58
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018 07:58
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/1915

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