A Study Of Difficulties Encountered By Would Be Science Teachers During Teaching Practice And Possible Solutions

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A Study Of Difficulties Encountered By Would Be Science Teachers During Teaching Practice And Possible Solutions


Abstract


This study was designed to find out difficulties encountered by Would be Science Teachers during Teaching Practice and Possible Solutions.

To guide this research six (6) research questions were formulated by would be Science Teachers.

The instrument used in the data collection was questionnaire. The researchers used simple survey type in carrying out the research. A simple size of 150 students were used from the population of the study.

Percentage and table were used to analyze the data collected from our respondents

Consequently, the researchers recommended that more work need to be done as to improve and remove the predicament facing would be science teachers during teaching practice.


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background Of The Study

Education is a good instrument for the comprehensive development of the human beings where the whole body is effectively utilized to achieve a pre-determined set of objectives, (A.E. Ejili and N.O. Anyanwu, 2006). It is a complex process which starts to improve our lives as soon as we are born, and continues to do so until we die. According to F.H. Aguba (2006:58) “the aim of education is the production of good men, that is for one to be educated, one must be prepared to use the knowledge in the service of God and humanity. We can say that, education is a process of acquiring ideas, skills and values that facilities the development of the learner and the society. The nation recognizes the importance of teacher education when they continue to give a major emphasis in all out educational planning. This is basically because no educational system can rise above the quality of its teachers, that is to say that the quality of the teachers in any country determines the quality of her education and the level of National development.

The National policy on Education of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1998) outlined the purpose of teacher education as follow:

  1. To produce highly motivated, conscientious effective classroom teacher for all learning in our educational system;
  2. To encourage further the spirit of enquiry and creativity in teachers;
  3. To help teachers to fit into the society of the community and the society at large and to enhance their commitment to national objectives;
  4. To provide teachers with intellectual professional background adequate for assignment and to make them adaptable to any changing situation not only in the life of their country but to the wider world;
  5. To enhance teacher commitment to the teaching profession.

Teaching practice is a very important aspect of any teacher training programme. It is to student-teacher and prospective regular teacher what housemanship is to young medical doctor. Questions may be asked-why does a young lawyer on being called to the bar choose first to understudy on older and more experienced lawyer? Why do young medical doctors go for housemanship under the more experienced ones? Why do vocational education students go on Industrial Training? Likewise, why do student-teachers or prospective teachers go on teaching practice? These questions and their answers are very similar. No human being anywhere would have to face some dangers that could be avoided. There is a popular adage which says “that prevention is always better than cure” or “stitching in time, saves nine”. Most of the student-teachers do not seem to be fully aware of this fact, may be because of the small proportion of the entire time allocated to teaching, he needs to go through adequate and appropriate teaching practice experience.

Akilaiya (2001) defined teaching practiced as an integral part of teacher education programme which provides opportunity for student-teachers to put all theoretical knowledge into practice in real school situation. It is a compulsory practical exercise for every student-teacher. This is the first opportunity for a student-teacher to participate in activities involved in teaching in actual situations. It affords the prospective teacher the opportunity to test, prove the lecture-room theoretical assertions and at the same time provide a forum for him to try out teaching and see whether he can really be a good teacher. So it is very essential that student-teacher should take teaching practice very seriously.

The objectives of teaching practice for assessing student-teachers are ass follow:

  1. To provide opportunities for the student to acquire and prove teaching skills;
  2. To enable the student effectively plan and prepare lessons;
  3. To help the student develop traits, attitudes and abilities;
  4. To enable the students to acquire the characteristic of a teacher and to display appropriate behaviour; and
  5. To enable the student to bring about learning in children.

The six principles for good practice on good teaching and learning in schools are:

  1. It Encourages Good Contact Between Students And Lecturers,
  2. It Develops Reciprocity Co-Operation Among Students;
  3. It Gives Prompt Feedback,
  4. It Emphasizes Time On Task,
  5. It communicates high expectations, and
  6. It respects diverse talents and ways of learning.

According to Iioh (2001), the key actors in teaching practice are the student-teachers, the resident supervisors, the college supervisors and the principles/heads of departments of the co-operating schools.

The student-teachers is the prospective teacher that is still under training, who is acquiring skills, knowledge and techniques required for teaching profession. At this point, he puts all he had learnt into practice.

The resident supervisor means the co-operating teacher in the co-operating schools. He is the teacher the student-teacher meets at schools where he is doing his teaching practice. He may be the class teacher of the class the student-teacher is punctual and regular in his class. He also assists him with his lesson note so as to have an effective lesson note.

College supervisor is the student-teachers lecturers. He comes to find out whether the student-teacher has really understood what he has been taught as regards the teaching techniques and methodology. And finally brings back the student-teacher’s performance to his school.

The principal/head of departments of the co-operating schools is the person-in-charge of the co-operating school where the student-teacher is doing his teaching practice. He helps in the selection of co-operating teachers who can work with the student-teacher. He builds rapport among resident teachers and student-teachers to enhance their professional growth.

Microteaching is one of the most important developments in the field of teaching practice. It is originated in Stanford University in 1963. This practice holds very great promise for the future of teacher preparations. It goes a long way to solving some of the difficulties involved in student teaching practice. Before the introduction of the microteaching, there was no provision for the student-teachers to practice. The act of teaching before they go during those periods were not satisfied. So microteaching helps the student-teaches to have an early encounter with teaching and in this way attempts to put into practice some of the theories learnt in the lectures.

The importance of teaching practice is that it is a crucial period for the teacher to put into practice all the theoretical/practiced concepts learnt at school. It is difficult to recognize good teaching unless one has passed through the process. In order to translate theory into practice, the student-teacher will encounter a lot of difficulties, but since teaching practice is important in the teaching preparation programme, there is a need for adequate planning and implementation. This study is mainly focused on finding out those difficulties encountered by the would be science student-teachers and during teaching practice the possible solutions.


1.2 Statement Of The Problems

The importance of the teacher in relation to the quality of education a country provides to its citizenry, explains, in part why special training and practical experience are part and parcel of any well programmed teacher education scheme. The teaching practice experience exposes the student-teacher in the field of teaching and enhances him to be effective in the classroom.

There are numbers of problems that militate against the effective implementation of the teaching practice programme in general. The specialized nature of the programme further complicates problems in this area- thus study would therefore investigate fully the difficulties and also find the possible solutions to them.


1.3 Purpose Of The Study

This study aims at investigating the difficulties encountered by would be science teachers during teaching practice and their possible solutions.

This study is specially meant to

  1. Identify personal difficulties facing would be science teacher during teaching practice.
  2. Find out the exact role of the would be science teachers and the co-operating school.
  3. Find out challenges associated with the school organization/management.
  4. Identify challenges associated with supervision/supervisor.
  5. Identify useful solution to the challenges outlined above.

1.4 Significance Of The Study

The significance of this study is directed towards identifying people that will benefit from this research work and how they benefited from it. The under listed people benefited from this work, they are:

i. The Researcher:

This work has challenge the researcher to apply the theoretical knowledge of research work into practice or real project work. Thereby equipped them with rudiment of research work.

ii. The Students:

This work can also be of interest to students who may like to carry out research work in the same area which involve the stated problem.

iii. Teacher:

Practicing teachers will find this material beneficial in the sense that it will help them to understand and device needs of averting difficulties that surround teaching career. It can also assist aspiring teachers to develop interest in teaching career; having identified those difficulties would be science teachers encountered during teaching practice and fortified themselves in order to face the difficulties.

iv. Parents:

Parents can still find the material beneficial because they can offer solution to the difficulties of teaching practice which have been identified in this project work. They can as well find it useful by reading the work in order to know some of the difficulties would be science teachers faced during teaching practice. Furthermore, having identified some of the difficulties during teaching practice and proffering solutions will go a long way in equipping them to be competent, qualitative, and skillful teachers who will teach the future generation. In that direction, parents have benefited as their children will acquire sound education.

v. Curriculum Planners:

This work will help curriculum planners to direct their planning towards addressing the difficulties encountered by the would be science teachers during teaching practice which will in turn improve the planning process and educational activities.

vi. Government:

Government will find this work beneficial as they will be able to know some of the difficulties which student-teacher encountered thereby contributed in an attempt to find a way out.

vii. School Authority:

This work will help the school authority to know the areas they are not covering effectively, hence will address the situation.


1.5 Scope Of The Study

Due to certain constraints such as time, and finance, this research work was limited to the difficulties which the science student-teachers encountered during their teaching practice using Enugu South L.G.A as a case study.

This research work does not in anyway investigate problems associated with policy implementation in entire state but mainly focuses on those difficulties that influence effective performance of student-teachers during their teaching practice, difficulties and solutions with examples.


1.6 Limitations

There are different factors that make this project to be carried out within the confinement of Enugu South L.G.A. in regards to investigating science student-teachers difficulties during teaching practice. Some of these constrains include: –

i. Poor Management of time by the Researcher:

The researchers find it difficult to manage the time interval meant for this work effectively and this has contributed a limitation to this project work.

ii. Problem of Unity of the Group:

The researchers in this group were unable to maintain group cohesion such as attendance to meeting and contribution to provision of research materials etc.

iii. Problem of Finding Material:

The researchers find this factor a militating factor as they were unable to gather all relevant data or materials within the time limit.

iv. Respondents:

During the time of administering questionnaire, the respondents in school cannot be reached out due to long vocation of school. This creates a barrier to the project, compelling us to use Enugu South L.G.A.


1.6 Researcher Questions

In order to examine science student-teacher’s difficulties during teaching practice, the following research questions were formulated.

  1. What are the personal difficulties facing science student-teachers during teaching practice?
  2. What are the difficulties posed to science student-teachers by pupils in the classroom?
  3. What are the difficulties posed by relationship of principal and practicing teachers with student-teacher?
  4. Do we have difficulties associated with the school organization/ management?
  5. What are the difficulties associated with supervision/supervisor do we have difficulties posed by the science student-teachers institution.

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