An investigation of the implementation of the thematic approach in Namibian lower primary classrooms : a case study

Amukushu-Niipare, Alina (2008) An investigation of the implementation of the thematic approach in Namibian lower primary classrooms : a case study. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This study focuses on the implementation of a thematic approach in the Namibian Lower Primary Phase of schooling. The purpose of the study is to investigate teachers’ perceptions and understanding of the thematic approach and also to explore how teachers plan and implement a thematic approach in their classrooms. It is argued that a thematic approach allows for a combination of subjects that integrate content across the curriculum in such a way that learners can see the relations among concepts and so build up their knowledge in a more meaningful way. The work was done in a qualitative paradigm using a case study approach. Findings reveal that the majority of teachers have a shallow conceptual understanding of the principles of a thematic approach and this causes difficulties in their practice. The investigation concludes that in order for teachers to deepen their conceptual understanding of the thematic approach, follow-up workshops are necessary to help them develop appropriate strategies for their classrooms.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Education, Namibia, Curriculum
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:2611
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:16 Apr 2012 12:18
Last Modified:16 Apr 2012 12:18
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