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Title: An evaluation of the implementation of the Science-Technology and Society (STS) concept in Science I

Article Number: EC2/2015/070

Authors: Fenton Ruparanganda

Topic: Education


The study evaluated the implementation of the Science-Technology-Society (STS) concept during science instruction in secondary schools and the possible constraints to its implementation and the possible solutions the identified constraints. 

The sample consisted of fifteen schools in Makoni District of Manicaland and involved all the Science Heads of department in the schools including five form four students per each sampled school. The total number of participants was ninety.

Data was collected using questionnaires, lesson observations and interviews. Results reflected great discrepancy between the intended and the actual implementation processes taking place in schools. The results show that the majority of the science teachers used the lecture method as opposed to the recommended child centered science teaching approaches. Half the numbers of the teachers are not well versed with the concept of STS. There is a critical shortage of science teachers. Lack of resources, staff development workshops and poor science infrastructure in schools are negatively affecting the implementation of science-technology-society education in the schools.


    COMMENT - 1

  • NELLY ABAIDOO (Viewer) 25th Nov 2015 - 5:44 PM
    Nelly Abaidoo
    1. Very interesting and educative piece/article
    2. What is the theoretical framework that underpinnes this study?
    3. In your abstract, you made mention of the various types of instruments used, they are; questionnaires, interview and observation. But in your methodology, only qustionnaire and observation were used, why the omission of the interview?
    4. In your reference, you did not use the APA format. Next time do well to adopt to that style.
    5. Overall it is a good work.

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  • Fenton Ruparanganda (Author) 25th Nov 2015 - 5:50 PM
    Thank you very much for the observations. Will take them into account.

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  • Novlloyd Celeste (Viewer) 26th Nov 2015 - 11:42 AM
    Generally the study is really good!
    It entails the use of appropriate techniques in teaching Science to make it more effective to the learners.
    However, please make a clear methodology of the study for us to know it.
    Your output is truly commendable!

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  • M.Saradha (Viewer) 27th Nov 2015 - 4:04 PM
    Dear Fenton Ruparanganda
    Your work is good. What is the solution for the implementation of the Science-Technology-Society (STS) concept in the schools?

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  • Sincy Joseph (Viewer) 27th Nov 2015 - 6:13 PM
    ......good work brought out in detailed manner and would improve the science-technology-society education in the schools.

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  • Nileshkumar Madhubhai Baria (Viewer) 27th Nov 2015 - 6:41 PM
    Dr.Nileshkumar M Baria ( Viewer ),
    how to denies great discrepancy between the intended and the actual implementation processes taking place in schools?which way improve the resources for teachers ?