A qualitative evaluation of the lower secondary SEMP science curriculum of Trinidad and Tobago

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dc.contributor.author Barrow, Dorian
dc.contributor.author De Lisle, Jerome
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-12T21:20:39Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-12T21:20:39Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Barrow, D., & De Lisle, J. (2009). A qualitative evaluation of the lower secondary SEMP science curriculum of Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean Curriculum, 16(2), 73-97 en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-5636
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/6551
dc.description.abstract Timely and systemic evaluations of educational innovations continue to be two challenges faced by education reforms in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). This paper is, therefore, an attempt to counter this pattern by placing in the public domain a report of a small-scale evaluation of 24 randomly selected science teachers in T&T. A focus group interviewing technique was used to evaluate the teachers' stages of concerns and their levels of use of the new lower secondary science curriculum-a curriculum initiative launched in 2002. Using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) and grounded theory as the theoretical frameworks, an analysis of the focus group interviews of the science teachers revealed that these teachers had very high levels of concerns with the innovation, that is, they had thought critically about some of the major issues surrounding the innovation, but had very low levels of use. However, because the study involved a small sample of science teachers' views (n = 24), the findings should, at most, be considered exploratory, and therefore must be subjected to later verification using some quantitative or mixed methods curriculum evaluation techniques on more samples of science teachers en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine en
dc.subject Secondary school teachers en
dc.subject Science teachers en
dc.subject Lower secondary schools en
dc.subject Teacher attitudes en
dc.subject Secondary school curriculum en
dc.subject Secondary school science en
dc.subject Curriculum evaluation en
dc.subject Curriculum implementation en
dc.subject Trinidad and Tobago en
dc.title A qualitative evaluation of the lower secondary SEMP science curriculum of Trinidad and Tobago en
dc.type Article en


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