Determinants of implementation of integrated business studies curriculum in secondary schools in Tigania West District, Kenya
Anampiu, Charles M
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The study focused on implementation of the integrated business studies curriculum in secondary schools in Tigania West district. The study employed cross- sectional survey design because it aimed at finding out the situation on the ground in regard to the determinants of implementation of business studies curriculum. The sample size of the study consisted of all the 23 secondary schools, 28 business studies teachers and 184 students in Forms Threes and Fours. Data were collected through questionnaires comprising of closed and open-ended questions. The survey instruments were edited and coded by use of a computer. Analysis of data was done using frequencies, percentages, means and standard deviations. Findings were presented in tables' and pie charts. The study findings revealed that, teacher initial training, professional development and curricular resources determine the implementation of business studies curriculum. Also, instructional strategies and learner's attitudes toward business studies determine the implementation of business studies. In view of these findings the study concluded that, business studies teachers have diverse areas of training and teacher professional development was inadequate. It was also concluded that, the availability, quality and adequacy of curricular resources and infrequent use of learner centred instructional strategies determines the implementation of business studies curriculum. The study recommended that the curriculum in teacher training institutions to be realigned with that of secondary schools. It was recommended that, in-servicing of teachers to be enhanced, curriculum support materials be made adequate and instructional strategies used by teachers to be learner centred. On suggestions for further study, the researcher recommends for similar studies to be done in other parts of the country to find out the determinants of implementation of business studies curriculum in secondary schools.