Investigating the implementation of continuous assessment at the lower primary phase in a Namibian school

Hamukonda, Paulina (2007) Investigating the implementation of continuous assessment at the lower primary phase in a Namibian school. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




Many Namibian teachers experience difficulties in actualising the principles of learner-centred education, one of which being continuous assessment. Continuous assessment serves important formative purposes. That is, it can inform education stakeholders and help improve learners’ progress in the teaching and learning environment. Although a great deal is known about continuous assessment in general, not much is yet known about how Namibian lower primary teachers actually understand and implement continuous assessment in the classroom. This study investigates the assessment practices of three Grade Three teachers in a school in Oshana Region of Namibia. The study found that although the teachers who participated in the investigation have a reasonably sound knowledge of continuous assessment in theory, they lack implementation skills. They were unable to effectively transfer what they know to what they actually do. This study found that as much as training of teachers is important, the ongoing professional development of teachers is more appropriate for enhancing a complex understanding of issues related to learner-centred education that will help them to manage continuous assessment more effectively.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Elementary education, Namibia, Educational tests and measurements
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:2685
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:24 Apr 2012 08:05
Last Modified:24 Apr 2012 08:05
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