Methods to be Emphasised in Physics Teacher Education for Acquisition of Pedagogic Skills Needed for Inclusive Instruction

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume II, Issue IX, September 2018 | ISSN 2454–6186

Methods to be Emphasised in Physics Teacher Education for Acquisition of Pedagogic Skills Needed for Inclusive Instruction

Stellah M. Mukekhe1, Francis C. Indoshi2, and Joseph A. Rabari3

 1,2,3Department of Educational Communications, Technology and Curriculum Studies; Maseno University, Kenya

Abstract:-A variety of teaching methods are used in teacher education in public universities and they are discussed in relation pedagogy in secondary schools. Existing literature indicates a high likelihood that teachers will replicate these teaching methods in secondary school instruction; yet little is known about the methods that should be emphasised for acquisition of pedagogic skills by physics student teachers. As much as calls are made for more effective secondary school physics instruction, it is critical that such instruction use methods that address varied learning needs. In this study, questionnaires and document analysis guide were used to collect quantitative data which was them analysed by use of frequencies and percentages and also, qualitative data which was analysed by creating thematic categories and reported as verbatim excerpts. The study revealed that methods of teaching that should be emphasised in physics teacher education for acquisition of pedagogic skills are interactive lecture, experimentation, use of information technology, project work and use of models that cater for students with learning disabilities. The findings may be useful to public universities in Kenya to enhance the use of teaching methods that should be emphasised for acquisition of pedagogic skills needed for inclusive secondary school physics instruction.

Key words: – Inclusive instruction, Methods of teaching, Pedagogic skills, Public Universities, Learning disabilities.

I. INTRODUCTION

Inclusive instruction involves the development and design of activities for teaching and learning in ways such that all students learn and participate equally in mainstream classrooms irrespective of their varied learning needs [18]. In the current era of increasing awareness of inclusion practices in science classrooms as a step towards achieving the objective of general education for all, it is necessary that physics teachers plan and support every student to learn. The role of universities in training physics teachers for inclusive instruction cannot be overemphasised as university education is meant to facilitate purposeful learning through the use of appropriate procedures that make graduates not only to secure meaningful employment, but also handle demands of the labour market effectively.

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