UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM
UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (SOED)

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PhD VIVA VOCE

Candidate Name:

Ndomondo, Eunice

Registration Number:

2014-07-00211

University of Dar –es- Salaam

School of Education

Qualifications:

Eunice Ndomondo is a PhD in Education (Coursework and Dissertation) student and an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology and Curriculum Studies at Mkwawa University College of Education. She holds Master of Arts in Applied Social Psychology (MAASP) and Bachelor of Education in Psychology (B.Ed. Psychology) degrees both from the University of Dar-es-Salaam. The candidate also holds Diploma in Education obtained from Marangu Teachers’ College.

Title of Dissertation:

History Teachers’ Re-contextualisation of Competence Based Curriculum and its Influence on  Classroom Instructional Practices in Selected Secondary Schools in Tanzania

Date of Viva Voce:

30th June, 2021

Venue:

Board Room, SoED

Time

10.00am

Supervisors

Prof Mbise .A./Dr. Katabaro, J.

Abstract

History subject is expected to promote the competencies for successful learning, leaving and working in the 21st century. However, scant evidence exist on History teachers understanding, interpretation and translation of CBC into classroom instructional practices.  This study explored History teachers’ re-contextualisation of competence based curriculum and its influence on classroom instructional practices in selected secondary schools in Tanzania. The study employed qualitative research approach underpinned by critical theory paradigm and hermeneutic phenomenology design. The study involved 43 participants including 11 History teachers and 32 History students in six secondary schools in Pangani and Lushoto districts in Tanga Region. Semi structured interviews, document reviews, classroom observations and focus group discussions were used to collect the data analyzed using thematic and content analysis procedures. The findings revealed that History teachers had a relatively good conceptual meaning of CBC, but inadequate understanding of the objectives of CBC, broader competencies emphasized in CBC and instructional and assessment practices in CBC. As regards teachers’ interpretation of CBC in History subject, many teachers had a subjective view which is supported by CBC, however, their instructional and assessment practices reflected the objective view which reflected content based approach. In many classes, learning activities were based on memorization instead of engaging students in the analysis and interpretation of History. Similarly, assessments were pen and paper-based which could not involve students’ high order thinking, collaborative and independent learning; and learning through prolonged engagements. Factors such as lack of teachers’ orientation and training on CBC, over loaded History syllabus, overcrowded classrooms, and serious shortage of both textual and technological instructional resource were the major constraints to History teachers’ ability to interpret and translate CBC in the classrooms.  Other factors were poor students’ mastery of English language, laziness and general low motivation in learning. It is recommended that measure should be instituted to address the identified challenges and improve teachers’ conceptualization of CBC and instructional practices, particularly in History subjects.

 

Panel Members:

 

No

Name

Designation

Rank

Unit

1.

Prof. A.G. Ishumi

Chairman

Professor

EFMLL-SoED

2.

Dr. Septimi Kitta

Representing External Examiner

S/Lecturer

EPCS- SoED

3.

Dr. Ibrahim Nzima

Internal Examiner

Lecturer

EPCS- SoED

4.

Dr. Joviter  Katabaro

Candidate  Supervisor

S/Lecturer

EPCS SoED

5

Dr. Wadrine Maro

Head of the relevant department (or his/her appointee)

Lecturer

EPCS- SoED

6.

Dr. Albert  Tarmo

Co-opted Member (appointed by College/School/Institute

Lecturer

EPCS- SoED

7.

Dr. Blackson Kanukisya

Co-opted Member (appointed by College/School/Institute

S/Lecturer

EFMLL- SoED

8.

Dr. Josta L. Nzilano

Appointee  of the Principal (for PhD only)

Lecturer

EPCS-DUCE