Volume 6 Issue 1 (January 2024)

January 2024

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School Heads’ Commitments in Practicing Six Characteristics of Clinical Supervision in Tanzania: Views of Male and Female Teachers

Linus Chaula
Pages: 1-15

This study aimed at examining teachers’ perceptions on school heads’ practices of six characteristics of clinical supervision through interviewing 28 and surveying 94 secondary school teachers in public secondary schools in Tanzania. In this mixed concurrent and cross-sectional case study design, school heads respecting teachers as professionals was a first dominant practice in clinical supervision and academic mentorships was a last dominant practice. Despite of dominance, school heads’ commitments in practicing six characteristics of clinical supervision was positively perceived by male and female teachers and no statistically significant difference (p<0.05) was observed among them. Due to school heads’ commitments in undertaking six characteristics of clinical supervision, teachers’ sense of teaching professional competence grew sufficiently. The study found a positive correlation and statistical significance (p<0.01) between school heads’ commitments in practicing six characteristics of clinical supervision and teachers’ sense of teaching professional competence development. The study concludes that through six characteristics of clinical supervisor, male and female teachers were equally supervised by school heads. It also concludes that six characteristics of clinical supervision are positive predictors for developing teachers’ sense of teaching professional competences

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Knowledge of Geograhic Information System (GIS) and Possibility of Teaching GIS in Secondary Schools, Kano State, Nigeria

Ahmad Said Abubakar Nura Isyaku Bello
Pages: 16-22

The aim of this research work is to find out how GIS knowledge could be taught in secondary schools by student teachers. However, descriptive research design where both quantitative and qualitative data were used to describe the phenomena in question. On the other hand, the research population includes all geography student teachers in three Universities situated in Kano State and one-degree awarding institution. However, twenty student teachers were selected from four institution each without considering the population of each institution. Equally, convenient sampling technique was adopted in distribution the questionnaire. Questionnaire was used as method of data collection and data were analysed using thematic approach. Simple statistics such as percentage was used for data analysis and interpretation of result was done using table, charts, etc. Some of the findings are GIS course is not core in all three universities, only in one degree awarding institution (which is compulsory). Most of the student teachers can only teach definition of GIS, importance of GIS, data in GIS and some can only teach raster and vector. Some of the recommendations made include GIS laboratory should be provided, infrastructural facilities should be furnished.

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