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Differential Effects of Project Based, Group Discussion and Self-Regulated Learning Techniques on Students’ Achievement in Biology (Published)

This study investigated the differential effects of Project Based, Group Discussion and Self Regulated Learning Techniques on students’ academic achievement on Biology in Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State. Non Equivalent control Group Quasi Experimental design was used. Four research question and Four Hypotheses guided the conduct of the study. The population is all the SS2 Biology students from the six public secondary school in the Area of study totaling 1142. The sample size consists of 128 SS2 students drawn through purposive sampling technique. Simple random sampling Technique with slip of papers was used to assign the students into four groups of Project Based, Group Discussion, Self Regulated Learning Techniques and the Control Group. Mean (x) and Standard Deviation (SD) were used to answer the research questions. Paired Sample t-test, Independent t-test,  Analysis of Covariance and Post Hoc Multiple Comparison were used to analyze the Hypotheses at 0.05 significance level. The Study found out that Project Based Learning significantly outperformed Group Discussion, Self Regulated Learning and the Control Group in enhancing students’ achievement, while Self Regulated Learning enhanced students’  achievement higher than Group Discussion but not significantly. All the treatment groups significantly outperformed the Control Group. Based on the findings of the study, the following recommendations were made; Proper learning strategy which may help students comprehend the content of the learning like Project Based learning should be encouraged in the teaching and learning environment. Learning without relevant strategies should be de-emphasized at all levels of education.

Keywords: Biology, Group Discussion, Project, Self-Regulated Learning Techniques Students’ Achievement

Coaching For Adult Learners and Educators- Needs and Expectations (Published)

The article presents the results of a pre-analysis of learners’ and educators’ needs and expectations carried out under the multilateral Grundtvig project Coaching Skills for Adult Education (COACH4U) with the aim of establishing the nature of their work and communication with adult learners. The research was conducted during January – February 2015 through a focus-group discussion with 47 participants from the UK, Spain, Cyprus, Poland, Sweden and Bulgaria. The indicators used in the study are: communication with adult learners in and out of the classroom; general awareness of coaching and coaching skills; knowledge of specific coaching techniques; use of coaching techniques; expectations about the application of coaching to participants’ personal expertise; expectations about improving participants’ expertise in different areas; application of acquired coaching knowledge and skills to the context of partner organisations. Some conclusions oriented towards professional competences in adult education are formulated on the basis of the research.

Keywords: Adult Learners, Coaching, Educators, Expectations, Needs, Project

Effects of Project Resource Planning Practices on Project Performance of Agaseke Project in Kigali, Rwanda (Published)

The effectiveness of Project Resource planning can be measured in terms of the extent to which it influences project performance or project implementation. The Research topic tries to assess the effects of project resource planning practices on project performance of Agaseke project in Kigali city in Rwanda. The general objective of this study was to assess the effects of Project strategic planning on project performance. Specific objectives of the research were to determine the effects of human resources planning practices on Agaseke project service quality, to analyse the effects of financial resource planning practices on the Agaseke project and to analyse the effects of Material and time resource planning practices for timely implementation of Agaseke project. The research design to this study employs a Cross-sectional study design that uses both quantitative approach. The target population of the study is all women who are members of Agaseke Project in the city of Kigali in Kicukiro, Gasabo and Nyarugenge districts estimated to be 3,800 women. Purposive sampling technique was employed for a target group of 400. The sample size of the research is 120 respondents. Questionnaire was used in order to collect primary quantitative data will a focus group discussion in-depth interview guide would be used to collect qualitative data. Quantitative data will be analysed by use of SPSS version 16.0 will narratives of themes and sub themes was used to analyse qualitative data. Information from primary data will be presented using Graphs, bar charts, tables and pie charts. Ethical issues will be sort out from the Kigali City administration to carry out the research with Agaseke project members while Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture and Technology authorised me through a signed letter to enable the research to be carried out. An informed consent form will be given to each participant to sign before participation in this research.

Keywords: Agaseke, Project, Project Performance, Resource Planning, Rwanda

EVALUATION OF EFFECT OF THE THIRD NATIONAL FADAMA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (FADAMA 111) ON FOOD PRODUCTION AMONG FARMERS IN KWANDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF BENUE STATE, NIGERIA (Published)

The study was conducted to find out the effect of Fadama 111 project on crop yield among the farmers participating in the project in Kwande Local Government of Benue State, Nigeria. Fadama 111 is the third phase of the Fadama Project in Nigeria, and is essentially an agricultural diversification project. The project which is demand-driven is funded by the World Bank, Federal Government, State and Local Governments in Nigeria. In conducting the study, 100 participants in the project were selected from Kwande Local Government of Benue State. To obtain a random sample, the stratified random sampling technique was used. The study area was stratified into four, namely: Nanev, Turan, Shangev-ya and Kyurav-ya clans. Twenty-five participants were selected from each stratum, giving a sample size of 100 farmers. Data for the study was collected with the use of a 5-point likert rating scale to enable the farmers rate the extent of increase in their crop yield. The data collected was analyzed using the mean and population t-test to test the significance of difference between sample and population means at 95 % confidence level (P ≤ 0.05). The difference between the sample mean of 4.2909 and population mean of 4.2920 was found to be insignificant. Therefore, the farmers were unanimous that their participation in Fadama 111 project has significantly increased their crop yield. The null hypothesis that there is no significant difference between the sample and population mean responses of the participants regarding how their participation has affected their crop yield was accepted, while the alternative hypothesis was rejected. Some recommendations were made

Keywords: Crop, Effect, Fadama111, Farmers, Project, Yield

COOPERATIVE LEARNING STAD-PJBL: MOTIVATION, THINKING SKILLS, AND LEARNING OUTCOMES OF BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT STUDENTS (Published)

The study on the implementation of Cooperative STAD-PjBL aimed at: (1) improving learning motivation, (2) enhancing thinking skill, and (3) accelerating achievement of students. This study was conducted by means of Classroom Action Research with qualitative approach on Learning Sources and Media course in Department of Biology Education, University of Muhammadiyah Malang. This study was conducted within 2 cycles, referring to Spiral Model by Kemmis & Taggart (1988). Lesson Study was implemented in every meeting, based on Lewis (2002), by following the stages of plan, do, and see. The result of this study showed: (1) Cooperative STAD-PjBL improved students’ motivation. All components of motivation were interconnected, influencing one another, and unified. The four components contributed equally towards motivation. (2) Cooperative STAD-PjBL enhanced thinking skill. When one component of thinking skill was low, the other components were proven to be low as well. Similarly, when one component of thinking skill was high, the other components were shown to be high. All components were interconnected and contributing equally towards thinking skill. (3) Cooperative STAD-PjBL accelerated students’ achievement. Students’ mastery was shown to increase up to 100% at the end of Cycle II.

Keywords: Learning Source And Media, Motivation, Project, STAD, Thinking Skills

EVULUATION OF EFFECT OF THE THIRD NATIONAL FADAMA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (FADAMA 111) ON FOOD PROUCTION AMONG FARMERS IN KWANDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF BENUE STATE, NIGERIA (Review Completed - Accepted)

The study was conducted to find out the effect of Fadama 111 project on crop yield among the farmers participating in the project in Kwande Local Government of Benue State, Nigeria. Fadama 111 is the third phase of the Fadama Project in Nigeria, and is essentially an agricultural diversification project. The project which is demand-driven is funded by the World Bank, Federal Government, State and Local Governments in Nigeria. In conducting the study, 100 participants in the project were selected from Kwande Local Government of Benue State. To obtain a random sample, the stratified random sampling technique was used. The study area was stratified into four, namely: Nanev, Turan, Shangev-ya and Kyurav-ya clans. Twenty-five participants were selected from each stratum, giving a sample size of 100 farmers. Data for the study was collected with the use of a 5-point likert rating scale to enable the farmers rate the extent of increase in their crop yield. The data collected was analyzed using the mean and population t-test to test the significance of difference between sample and population means at 95 % confidence level (P ≤ 0.05). The difference between the sample mean of 4.2909 and population mean of 4.2920 was found to be insignificant. Therefore, the farmers were unanimous that their participation in Fadama 111 project has significantly increased their crop yield. The null hypothesis that there is no significant difference between the sample and population mean responses of the participants regarding how their participation has affected their crop yield was accepted, while the alternative hypothesis was rejected. Some recommendations were made

Keywords: Crop, Effect, Fadama111, Farmers, Project, Yield