Volume : 3, Issue : 8, AUG 2017

FACTORS AFFECTING IMPLEMENTATION OF STUDENT CENTERED METHOD IN MATHEMATICS CLASSES: THE CASE OF OTONA SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADE 10, WOLAYTA ZONE, SNNPR REGION.

TEMESGEN SAMUEL ASALE

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore factors that affecting the implementation of effective active learning method in Otonasecondary school focused on grade 10Mathematics class. The total population of the study was 3 Mathematics teachers and 30 students from two sections (A&B) of grade 10 and school director. Teachers were selected by use of purposive sampling technique whereas the students were selected by using systematic sampling technique from each section of grade 10.The main instruments of data collection for this study were close ended questioners, focused interview and structured classroom observation check list. Then the data were gathered through these instruments and were presented, analyzed and interpreted by using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data descriptive method using percentage in table and qualitative explanation. In conclusion the findings indicated the factors that impacted implementation of student centered method related to teachers were, suitability of classroom conditions: like a large number of students in a class, and traditional classroom sitting arrangements were the major one. As a result teachers do not have perception, interest persistence to apply active learning method in the class. On account of lack of teacher’s initiation to motivate and encourage their students the student’s participation was very low. In general the study showed that the teachers dominated the classroom activities by making students passive listeners although only 33% of teachers have an effort to practice student centered method it is not sufficient. Because this 33% uses only one kind of technique of active learning method namely answer and question method. Consequently, giving short term training for teachers in service about how to implement student centered method, building additional classroom to balance the number of students in a classroom, fulfilling different facilities and giving awareness for the students about the importance of student centered method highly recommended in order to apply student centered method in mathematics class.

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Approach, Method, Techniques, Implementation, Practice, Perception, Active learning, Student centered.

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