Biology In-service Training in Swaziland: an Evaluation of the Approach of IMSTIP

Sebo Boerma

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In Swaziland, a small kingdom in Southern Africa, an in-service programme for science and mathematics teachers is running, which has its roots hack in 1978. It is an interuniversity cooperation programme between the University of Swaziland and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Aim of this programme is to improve the science and mathematics teaching at High Schools in Swaziland. By organizing workshops and designing teaching guides amongst other activities, one tries to teach the teachers to use a more practical and pupil centred way of teaching.

In 1992 the project IMSTIP (In-service Mathematics and Science Teaching Improvement Programme) ended and was continued under the name SMART (Science and Mathematics Advice and Regional Training project). In order to establish the baseline for this new pioject an evaluation was held of the approach of the previous project.Because this approach was still used in 1993 and 1994. the evaluation was focused on these two years. The evaluation was held within the biology department. The aim of the research was:
To describe the starting point of SMART based on evaluation of the in-service approach of IMSTIP of the last two years as regards the effectiveness and quality of the in-serviceapproach for biology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean research on curriculum
Subtitle of host publicationbook of summaries of the first European Conference on Curriculum, August 31 - September 2, 1994, University of Twente
EditorsJan van den Akker, Wilmad Kuiper
Place of PublicationEnschede, The Netherlands
PublisherUniversity of Twente
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)90-365-0696-4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 1994
Event1st European Conference on Curriculum 1994 - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 31 Aug 19942 Sept 1994


Conference1st European Conference on Curriculum 1994


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