Quality Enhancement in Teaching Using Self-Assessment Strategies: A Case Study of Selected Schools in the Zambezi Region of Namibia (Published)
This qualitative study explored how self-assessment strategies can be used to enhance quality education in schools. Purposefully sampled school principals and heads of department (HoDs) of five combined schools in the region participated in the study. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with the five participating school principals while the HoDs were engaged in a focus group interview. This study revealed that schools have common understandings of quality and quality education. The study revealed that the use of a single type of teacher self-evaluation (TSE) deprives innovative teachers from initiating and exploring other viable self-assessment strategies. Therefore, this study recommends a creative application of alternative self-assessment strategies in order to enhance the quality of education in selected schools in the Zambezi Region of Namibia.
Influence of Emotional Awareness and Accurate Self-Assessment on Students’ Academic Performance in State Colleges of Education in South-South, Nigeria (Published)
This study investigated the influence of Emotional Awareness and Accurate Self Assessment on Students’ Academic Performance in State Colleges of Education in South-South, Nigeria. Two specific objectives, two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. The ex-post facto research design was used for the study. The population of the study consisted of all the 674 students who were in their second and third year in two of the state owned Colleges of Education in South-South, Nigeria. A sample of 398 students (313 female and 85 male) from two intact years was selected for the study using stratified sampling technique. This sample size was statistically determined using Yaro Yamane formula. The validated instrument, Emotional Competency Inventory was used for data collection; an internal consistency reliability coefficient of 0.76 was obtained using Cronbach Alpha reliability technique. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions, while multiple regression analysis was used to test the null hypotheses at .05 level of significance. The result revealed that there was a significant influence of Emotional Awareness and Accurate Self Assessment on Students’ Academic Performance in State Colleges of Education in South-South, Nigeria. It is recommended, among others, that curriculum experts should develop an affective instructional curriculum that incorporates emotional intelligence skills with the objective of enhancing the academic performance of students.
A COMPARATIVE SELF-ASSESSMENT OF DIFFICULTY IN LEARNING ENGLISH AND GERMAN AMONG SUDANESE STUDENTS (Published)
It is generally assumed that Self-assessment plays a profound role in autonomous language learning und accordingly leads to learner independency. It encourages learners to prospect their own language learning processes and provides them with feedback of their learning progress. Self-assessment also raises the awareness of learners’ individual needs among both students and teachers alike and will therefore contribute to the development of the whole learning process. The purpose of the current study is to explore and compare – through self-assessment – the level of perceived difficulty of the overall foreign language learning and language skills among Sudanese students enrolled at the English and German language Departments respectively, at the University of Khartoum in Sudan. A representative sample composed of 221 students from the two departments have been asked to self-evaluate and rate the overall language difficulty and areas of difficulty in language skills, as well as their own language proficiency.The results indicate that German language is relatively rated as a difficult language in comparison to the English language and that German Grammar was also rated as more difficult. However, Students rated that pronunciation and spelling of German language as easier than in English Language. Concerning the language skills, reading and speaking skills reported as more difficult in German, whereas writing and listening tend to be easier than in English. Finally, students’ academic achievements have been self-reported.