Influence of teaching methodologies and resources on implementation of Islamic religious education curriculum in primary schools in Central Division, Isiolo district, Kenya
Shurie, Barre A
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The purpose of the study was to investigate how teaching methodologies, resources availability and their adequacy influence curriculum implementation in Islamic Religious Education (IRE) in primary schools in Central Division, Isiolo District. The study adopted a descriptive survey approach; with a sample of 24 head teachers, 48 teachers and five Educational officers. Data was collected using questionnaires, interviews and lesson observation. Findings revealed that discussions and lecture methods of teaching were the most frequently used teaching methodologies. Others included life experience, activity method, learner centered, dramatization, discussion and storytelling The findings also indicate that discussion and lecture methodologies being used were not effective in IRE curriculum implementation. Analysis of lesson observation revealed that, lessons were conducted without corresponding to the schemes of work and inadequate instructional materials. Teachers did not also provide equal amounts of feedback to both male and female students. Based on the findings of the study, it was concluded that teachers were using teaching methodologies that were not effective in the achievement of lesson objectives. The study also concluded that most of the resources were available in the schools, though models charts were missing. It was also concluded that schools experienced delays in the purchase of instructional materials; information available was inadequate and methodologies used hindered effective implementation of IRE curriculum. Based on the findings it was recommended that there is need for the government through Kenya Institute of Education to provide the necessary materials for effective implementation of IRE curriculum. There is also need for staffing schools adequately with qualified IRE teachers. Quality Assurance Standards Officers should supervise teaching and learning of IRE to ensure teachers use the required methods of teaching. Schools administration should also work in collaboration with the community to utilize community resources such as Mosques to enhance teaching of IRE. A study needs to be conducted to ascertain why teachers avoid using teaching and learning resources.