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Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies (JETERAPS) (Vol 1 No 1)
Article Title: An Assessment of Effectiveness of the Secondary School Science Pedagogy and Curriculum Relevance to Students' Needs in Baringo Central, Kenya
by Eliud Menjo

Abstract:
There are particular distinct changes that students are supposed to portray as a result of science instruction. These changes can be identified in the development of the students as they progress with learning. The changes include among others: ability to develop investigative skills, to reason scientifically, learn about the complexity of the world and be informed citizens. The study aimed at finding out the effects of teaching and learning experiences of teachers and students on science education in secondary schools in Baringo Central District. This paper examines how the science curriculum and pedagogy affect the teaching and learning processes. An empirical study design was adopted for the study. The questionnaire, which was categorized into students' and teachers', was used to collect data. Respondents were divided into homogenous subgroups and stratified random sampling was used to identify three schools where three science teachers and a total of 36 students, 12 from each school were selected. The findings were analyzed using a descriptive approach for quantitative data while interpretative approach was employed for the qualitative data respectively. It was found out that practical teaching techniques are perceived by science learners to be the most effective method but its utilization by teachers falls short of expectations. The author recommends that effective teaching and learning methods be encouraged for use and should be implemented in science education to meet students' needs in life after school. The study is significant both to scholars and other readers as its findings may be a pointer in identifying deep-rooted issues that may require further investigation which will be used to inform future policy guidelines and quality assurance modes.
Keywords: assessment, relevance, secondary school science curriculum, students, Baringo Central Kenya
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