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close this bookThe Experience of Training: A Study of Students at the National Teacher Training College in Lesotho (CIE, 2000, 39 p.)
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View the documentMulti-Site Teacher Education Research Project (MUSTER)
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Appendix 2: Mid-Way Questionnaire

Dear Student

You have kindly helped us in various ways with this research project in the training of teachers. Now you are about halfway through your Diploma in Education Primary, we are interested in how you find your course. We would be most grateful if you would answer the questions below as fully as you can. All the information will be kept confidential.

About yourself

1.

Your student number

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2.

Your Age in years

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3.

(Please tick your gender)

Female

( )

Male

( )

Section A: The Curriculum

Please think about your experience of the college courses so far, and answer the following questions by ticking or entering a number in the relevant box.

1. Semester One

Your first semester comprised a bridging course in the main subjects. What did you think about it? Please give your opinion by ticking the box below.

It should be increased







It should stay the same length







It should be decreased







It is unnecessary and should be abolished







2. How is teaching organised?

Think back to last week (or the last week of full teaching) and fill in the following to show what kinds of teaching you had in the main subjects:


English

Maths

Science

Education



Lectures







Small group discussion with tutors (less than 15 students)







Large group class discussions with tutors (more than 15 students)







Group Work Activity







Observation in schools







Micro teaching







Project work







3. Amount of time

Do you think the time available for different subjects should be more or less than it is now?


Much more time

More time

The same

Less time

Much less time


Maths








Science








English








Education








Teaching Practice Preparation








Teaching Practice








Micro-teaching








Other subjects (please specify)








4. Theory and Practice

Is the balance between theory and practice on the course appropriate? Please tick


Needs more time

About right

Needs less time


Theory






Practical Activity






5. Content and methods
Is the balance between subject content and subject methods on the course appropriate?
Please tick.


Needs more time

About right

Needs less time


Methods






Content






6. Usefulness to trainee teachers

How useful do you rate the different kinds of courses? Please tick.


Very Useful

Quite useful

Not very useful

Not Useful


Subject Content







Subject Methodology







Education







Micro-teaching







Group Activity Work







Project Work







7. Ease or Difficulty

Which parts of the course are most easy and most difficult? Please Tick


Very Easy

Easy

Difficult

Very Difficult


English content







Maths content







Science content







Education







Subject Methodology







Micro-teaching







Project work







8. Improvements needed

What would improve your course most? Please tick


Very important

Important

Minor importance

No importance


More teaching on subject content







More teaching on methodology







Smaller teaching groups







More time to prepare for end of year examinations







More time to study on my own







More notes from tutors







More textbooks







More group work activity







More time working in schools







9. Are there any other things that should be included in the training course?

If yes, state what should be included.

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10. Teaching quality

Please comment on the quality of the teaching on the course by ticking below

English

Excellent

Good

Average

Poor


Maths







Science







Education







Preparation for teaching practice







11. Describing your tutors

Place a tick in the boxes that apply to your tutors.

For example, in the first row of boxes about whether tutors know their subject well:

if you think tutors know their subject well

tick under 1

if you think they know it quite well,

tick under 2

if you think they are quite weak,

tick under 3

and if they are weak,

tick under 4.

Please read each pair of statements very carefully before ticking.

Generally tutors in this college:


1

2

3

4




Know subject well





Weak in the subject



Often link theory to practice in schools





Rarely link theory to practice in schools.



Rarely encourage small group work





Encourage small group work



Always mark and return students work





Never mark students work



Are Strict





Are Friendly



Are Approachable





Are Unapproachable



Are Uncaring





Are Caring



Teach only theory





Emphasise Practical work



Fair in assessment





Unfair in assessment



Are often late





Are always on time



Are there to teach all required lessons





Are often absent from teaching



Lessons are relevant to learning to teach





Often irrelevant to learning to teach



Lessons are Confusing





Lessons are easy to understand



11. Assessment

These are the continuous assessment activities suggested by the syllabus for the end of modules. Think back over this term about which of these you have been given in each subject. Please enter the number of times in the relevant box. If none, put 0.



English

Maths

Science

Education



Essay (500 words)








Essay (1000 words)








Report on experiment








Class-based test








Library-based test








Take home test








Open book test








Mini project








Group project








Major project








Other (please describe)








12. Improving your grades

What would help you do better on assessments? Please tick whichever is applicable

More time for revision






Better teaching






Better notes






More study time






Better spacing of assignments






More textbooks






Other (please specify)






13. Resources

Does the library have enough books and other material?


Much more needed

More needed

Enough


Subject course books






Primary school textbooks






Reference books






Education books






14 Your wish-list

If the college was given M. 100,000 (one hundred thousand Maloti) what would you advise the Director to spend it on?

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Section B

Please answer the following as fully as you can. If there is not enough space use the back of the page.

Your Student Number: ........................................................................................

1. Write down two important new things you have learnt about teaching since coming to the college

a) ........................................................................................................................

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b) ........................................................................................................................

2. Have any of your ideas about teaching changed? YES / NO (please circle)

If you circled YES, please explain how your ideas have changed:

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3. What are the best things about this course?

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3. What are the worst things about this course?

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5. Please tick which of the following statements best describes your feelings:

The course has made me less keen to be a teacher


The course has made me more enthusiastic about teaching


I feel just the same about wanting to be a teacher as when I started




SECTION C:

In this section, please place a tick in only one box for each question

6. School children learn best when in small groups.


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




7. The most important thing a teacher can do is teach pupils facts that they need to know.


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




9. Teachers cannot do much to improve the results of slow learners


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




10. All you need to do well on College tests is a good memory


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




11. School pupils learn more from listening to the teacher than from asking questions


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




12. Teachers find it difficult to maintain discipline in schools without corporal punishment.


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




13. Doing well in College examinations is easier than doing well at secondary school


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




14. I think it will be easy to use new teaching methods in my school


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




15. Children need to be divided into ability groups to be taught well


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




16. I prefer being assessed through assignments than through end-of-term examinations


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




17. I find it difficult to make teaching and learning aids.


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




18. Corporal punishment is not useful for helping children to learn


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




19. After teaching lessons in school I write down how to improve next time


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




20. Examinations are a fair test of what I have learnt at College


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




21. There is no time in school for teachers to plan lessons well


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




22. People who are good teachers do not need much training


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




23. My friends think I am fortunate to be a schoolteacher


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




24. I feel well prepared to start teaching now


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




25. Women make the best primary school principals


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




26. Teaching is easier than many other jobs I could do.


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




27. I need more training to be an effective teacher


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




28. Teachers are born not made.


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




29. Teaching is a very difficult job to do well


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




30. I would rather teach in a secondary school than a primary school.


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




31. Men make the best primary school class teachers.


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




32. I would rather have gone to University than Teacher Training College


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




33. I think being a teacher is the best job I can get.


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




34. Primary school teachers are respected by the community


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree




35. I know many teachers who would prefer to do other jobs.


Strongly agree





Agree





Disagree





Strongly disagree





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The discussion papers are downloadable from the following web address:

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/usie/muster/list.html