Mosenodi - Volume 9, Issue 2, 2001
Volume 9, Issue 2, 2001
Author Hezekiah U. EmereoleSource: Mosenodi 9, pp 3 –10 (2001)More Less
Measurement is usually caught in schools by showing and instructing students on how to use the instruments with little or no reference to the historical developments and indigenous practices of the measurements. Hence this basic and very important concept and skill is normally taught out of context for most students in Africa, If not for most parts of the world. The treatment ill this study were the inquiry/discovery lesson plans for the measurement of length, mass time, volume, area and temperature developed by the authors based on indigenous Botswana practices.
Author Gaontatlhe MautleSource: Mosenodi 9, pp 25 –33 (2001)More Less
The paper presents a detailed descriptionption and analysis of formal education among the peoples of what is now Botswana prior to European penetration. The analysis reveals separate education for boys and girls with that of boys lasting eight years and that of girls jive. The curricula of boys' and girls' schools had both common and gender specific content. The major goal of both curricular was to equip the youth with skills they would need to lead productive adult lives in society. The content stressed survival skills and character moldings.
A needs assessment for establishment of an theeducational technology programme at the tertiary education level in BotswanaSource: Mosenodi 9, pp 35 –45 (2001)More Less
This study investigates several variables associated with instituting an educational technology programme at the tertiary education level in Botswana. The new Department of Educational Technology, in consolidating its plans to launch the programme in consonance with National Development Plans 7 and 8 has conducted a needs assessment study. Data were collected through the use of a questionnaire and interviews of teachers in the Colleges of Education, Ministry of Education and Government Parastatals dealing with staff training and heads of schools. The findings of the study revealed an acute need for an educational technology programme in tertiary education in Botswana. Recommendations are made to enhance the developmental of appropriate and relevance technologies in Botswana.
Cooperative small-group learning in mathematics : a Botswana study of student behaviours and perceptionsSource: Mosenodi 9, pp 53 –58 (2001)More Less
This paper presents data a rising from a study on the feasibility of cooperative small-group learning in mathematics conducted in senior secondary schools in Botswana. It was found that, although students tended to spend a considerable amount of time working alone and recognised problems such as argumentativeness within the group, they generally responded positively to this instructional strategy, particularly from the perspective of idea-sharing. As well as being culturally appropriate in the African context, the method also seemed to promote gender equity in participation.