Mosenodi - Volume 1, Issue 2, 1993
Volume 1, Issue 2, 1993
What's your name? ... Mpho? An investigation into questioning techniques in the English language classroomAuthor Janet HilsdonSource: Mosenodi 1, pp 3 –19 (1993)More Less
This paper investigates the importance of developing teachers' communication skills, particularly questioning techniques. It examine s the reasons why students in community junior secondary schools are often silent in class and unwilling to communicate in English. Specifically this paper focuses on questioning techniques and teachers' reactions to student responses currently being used by junior secondary school teachers of English. Various suggestions for developing questioning and ratification techniques are proposed; these ideas may be useful at both secondary in-service and pre-service training levels.
Perceived performance and career aspirations of students with different attitudes towards mathematicsAuthor George MalingaSource: Mosenodi 1, pp 21 –30 (1993)More Less
Many studies have been concerned about the extent to which attitudes are influenced by or affect learning in mathematics but little attention has been paid to the student perspective of how attitude affects their perceived performance and career aspirations. To look for relationships between these factors, the study used an attitude questionnaire designed for Form 4 and 5 students in Botswana senior secondary schools which included supplementary questions on student perceived performance in mathematics and future career choices. Results indicate that student attitude towards mathematics is strongly related to how they perceive their performance in the subject and students with positive attitudes appear to equally choose mathematics or non-mathematics related careers. Attitudes to mathematics also seem to determine student level of aspiration: students with positive altitudes wish to opt more for degree and diploma courses after completing their secondary schooling.
Author Fazlur R. MooradSource: Mosenodi 1, pp 31 –47 (1993)More Less
This paper traces the historical development of education in Botswana. The role of communities in the traditional schools of the pr e-colonial era is considered as well as the role of religious organisations and the colonial government. The particular focus is on the participation of communities in the development of education and the role of the Tribal School Committees of the colonial era is contrasted with the current Boards of Governors. The paper illustrates the key role that community participation has played in Botswana's educational development.
Author James Omoding OkwalingaSource: Mosenodi 1, pp 49 –59 (1993)More Less
Adult withdrawal from literacy classes before skills of reading, writing and arithmetic are acquired continues to be a major concern in most adult literacy programmes and campaigns. Available data seem to suggest that men more than women withdraw from literacy classes. The purpose of this study was to explore the reasons which are given by adult males for withdrawing from literacy classes. Samples of adult males who had withdrawn from literacy classes in Botswana, Kenya and Malawi were traced and interviewed. The study found that inconvenient timing and location of classes, and searching for jobs to earn money, were the principal contributors to adult male withdrawal from literacy classes in the three countries.