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Article Number - A98590463719


Vol.9(3), pp. 20-30 , April 2017
DOI: 10.5897/IJVTE2017.0225




Full Length Research Paper

Enhancing students’ engagement in vocational agri-science and after-school careers in agricultural business: A case study of Uganda



Okiror John James*
  • Okiror John James*
  • Department of Extension and Innovation Studies, Makerere University, Kampala.
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Geoff Hayward
  • Geoff Hayward
  • Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.
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Mark Winterbottom
  • Mark Winterbottom
  • Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.
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 Received: 18 February 2017  Accepted: 20 March 2017  Published: 30 April 2017

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There is urgent need to stem the many failed attempts to improve agricultural education delivery in Africa in a context of growing youth unemployment and food insecurity. Studies show that teachers are ill prepared to engage learners practically, and motivate them towards agricultural careers. Constructively, aligned teaching that matches learning outcomes, teaching methods and assessments has gained currency in pedagogical change. This study examines the pedagogical methods used for secondary school agriculture in Uganda. Data were collected in a cross-sectional survey from 80 agriculture teachers and 57 administrators from 60 secondary schools, randomly drawn from 25 districts in Uganda, and analyzed with descriptive statistics. Results show that the teaching and learning approaches are teacher-centered and examination oriented. The current focus on national examinations is unable to engage learners in a meaningful way.  We recommend system-wide improvements in the teaching based on clear statements of intended learning outcomes which also should extend beyond the confines of the school to the villages where children live and work.

Key words: Agriculture teachers, secondary schools, teaching methods, Uganda.

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APA Okiror, J. J., Hayward, G., & Winterbottom, M. (2017). Enhancing students’ engagement in vocational agri-science and after-school careers in agricultural business: A case study of Uganda. International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education, 9(3), 20-30.
Chicago Okiror John James, Geoff Hayward and Mark Winterbottom. "Enhancing students’ engagement in vocational agri-science and after-school careers in agricultural business: A case study of Uganda." International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education 9, no. 3 (2017): 20-30.
MLA Okiror John James, Geoff Hayward and Mark Winterbottom. "Enhancing students’ engagement in vocational agri-science and after-school careers in agricultural business: A case study of Uganda." International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education 9.3 (2017): 20-30.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJVTE2017.0225
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/IJVTE/article-abstract/A98590463719

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