Isaac Christopher Imanda Odawa, Michael Okello Okwara, Zadock Obuchere Murundu, Edward Bantu
||Linguistics, Culture & Education, 2013, Vol.2014
||Science & Knowledge Publishing Corporation Limited
Intervention called “Strengthening of Mathematics and Science in Secondary Education’’ (SMASSE), an in-service training for teachers was intended to improve teaching and learning of mathematics and science in secondary schools in Kenya, though biology performance in Emuhaya District is still poor since its inception. The purpose of this study was to assess impact of biology teachers’ perspectives on “Strengthening of Mathematics and Science in Secondary Education’’ on Classroom Practices. The study adopted ex-post facto and survey research designs. It involved 35 biology teachers, 20 heads of science departments and 3 SMASSE biology district trainers drawn from 20 public secondary schools in Emuhaya District, Kenya selected by saturated sampling technique. Data was collected using:... questionnaires, interview schedule and document analysis guide. The study revealed that: teachers perceive SMASSE as an important although its impact on their classroom practice is minimal due to its curriculum structure, and understaffing; It is recommended that SMASSE curriculum should be well designed to separately cater for both newly employed biology teachers and for biology teachers who have taught for long. There is need to change biology teachers’ attitude towards the SMASSE.