Large class teaching in Uganda, implications for E-learning
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2007 Conference, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. This paper draws on findings of a study within the framework of the Africa-Asia University Dialogue for Basic Education Development (A-A Dialogue) project that explores the impact of university-ministry-school partnership on the quality of basic education provision. It draws on research undertaken in 20 primary schools in Uganda with the purpose of identifying practical suggestions and examples of good practice in the teaching of large classes. Findings of the study indicated that Ugandan primary teachers had devised strategies to cope with the large classes, including team teaching, active whole-class teaching, group work, and school-based professional development. However, it was discovered that these needed further development if they were to lead to life-long learning accessible to all learners. The paper thus examines how a new E-Learning and Teacher Education (ELATE) project being undertaken jointly by Makerere University School of Education and the Open University with support from the British Council can be used to bridge the gap in large class teaching. The ELATE project that involves creating web and CD-ROM based elearning materials does not only have the potential to improve teachers’ existing strategies using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) but will also act as the channel for dissemination of good practice to the wider teaching and learning community.
Mary Goretti Nakabugo, Charles Opolot-Okurut, Connie S. Masembe, Christopher B. Mugimu and Betty Ezati
Distance Education and Teacher Education in Africa DETA Conference 2007
Basic education teacher education Teaching in Uganda