1. INTRODUCTION




The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development  (KICD} in collaboration with  TESSA and Open University UK, is in the process of carrying out an Online Needs Assessment study to determine gaps in teacher capacity in implementation of the curriculum. This questionnaire is designed to elicit views on the general and specific areas that require urgent and immediate intervention. The respondents include education officers, teachers, head teachers and principals. The responses from the questionnaire will help to design a training that meets the needs of as many teachers as possible through the TESSA online programme. You have been selected to take part in the study in your capacity as a curriculum implementer who is aware of training needs to enhance curriculum implementation. Please answer as honestly as you can. Your responses are anonymous and will only be used for the purpose of the study. Kindly respond to all questions by putting a tick or filling in the blank spaces provided.
 
 
 
 
PART A:  BACKGROUND INFORMATION
 

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* Name of institution

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* How long have you been a teacher?

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* What is your highest professional qualification in teaching?

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* Category of school

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* Learners' composition

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* Does the school have special needs learners?

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* Is your school integrated (regular with SNE unit)?

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* If your school is integrated, what category of SNE unit is  present?

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* If your school is a special needs institution, what is the category of the special needs learners?

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* Sex of respondent

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PART B:  TEACHER COMPETENCIES

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* State the extent to which you feel confident about your knowledge and ability as expressed in the following statements.

  I need a lot of help with this I need some help with this Neutral I am fairly confident with this I am very confident with this
Knowledge of prevailing educational contexts
Clarity on philosophy and purposes of education as set out in the CBC
Values and guiding principles of education as highlighted in the CBC framework and how to put these into practice
Skills in appropriate teaching and learning approaches in learning areas. For example, how to handle certain sub-strands
Child development in order to provide psycho-social support to learners
Legal requirements relating to teacher responsibilities and children’s rights
Performance contracting processes and requirements
A wide range of teaching strategies to enhance access and retention of learners

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* Rate your performance in the selected practices to facilitate learning.

  I experience many challenges

I experience some challenges Neutral I experience slight challenges I have no challenges at all

Using a variety of learner-centered teaching methods
Initiating group and pair work for collaborative learning
Applying skills to support learners from diverse backgrounds
Integrating ICT in teaching and learning
Creating a conducive atmosphere that motivates all learners through supportive action
Employing curricular and instruction strategies that accommodate diverse needs from learners of different gender, ages, disability.
Providing varied activities for different learning styles
Organizing the learning environment
Engaging learners in critical thinking and problem solving tasks
Empowering learners to gain independence in learning.
Leading to inquiry and exploration among learners
Motivating learners and sustain their interests in learning activities
Contextualizing learning based on familiar environments, examples and learner experiences
Choosing relevant practice activities to internalize knowledge, skills and attitudes
Facilitating self- directed learning in the attainment of learning outcomes
Building learners’ self-worth
Addressing hard-to-reach learners with special pedagogical approaches
Working with parents and communities to help learners.
Inspiring creativity and imagination
Developing attitudes for good citizenship, patriotism, nationalism and international consciousness among the learners

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* Indicate your training needs in the listed attributes in order to fulfill requirements of teacher professionalism.

  I need  a lot of  help in this area

I need  some help in this area Neutral I try to be effective in this area I am very effective in this area

It is important for a teacher to be aware of their role as models in school and society.
Pertinent and contemporary issues such as safety and security, learners living with HIV are best addressed through Life Skills Education, guidance and counselling.
Maintaining effective relationships with teachers, learners, parents and other stakeholders is useful in building necessary partnerships.
Knowledge-sharing between teachers through social media and other fora improves teaching.
I know that application of classroom research enhances my day to day practice.
Pedagogical content knowledge is key in choosing most suitable delivery methods
Promotion of safe, healthy, supportive and stimulating learning environments helps learners become confident.
Enhancing positive diversity and equity among special needs learners and other vulnerable groups improves learners’ esteem.
Communication and collaboration encourages team work during learning
I am aware that self-efficacy leads to healthy interpersonal relationships among learners.
Critical thinking and problem solving are necessary competencies for self, the profession and community.
Creativity and innovation always generate new ideas and maintain relevance.
Learning to learn and reflective practice are important component in enhancing growth during practice.
Digital literacy skills support curriculum delivery and access to digital repositories.
Assessment competency is necessary for checking learning progress.

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PART C:  NURTURING LEARNERS’ TALENTS AND POTENTIAL

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* The following areas are useful for nurturing learners’ potential. Choose the area in which you most need to improve your capacity.

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PART D:  IDENTIFICATION, CREATION AND UTILISATION OF RESOURCES

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* Please indicate your experiences in relation to identifying, creating and utilising resources to promote teaching and learning.

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Identifying, creating and utilising learning resources for learners with diverse learning needs, and at varied levels of learning .
Using radio or television to advance your learning and that of learners.
Using online materials and other digital resources to advance your learning and that of the learners
Utilizing current research findings to improve professional practice .
Exploring diverse resources, including print and electronic materials to vary stimuli to promote learning
Analyzing resources to avoid perpetuation of cultural, gender and other stereotypes
Managing teaching and learning resources effectively to benefit learners.
Innovatively adapting resources you have found locally or have been given for your context

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PART F:  ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF LEARNING

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* State your level of familiarity with the following requirements for assessment and evaluation of teaching and learning.

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Somewhat Familiar SlightlyFamiliar Moderately Familiar Extremely Familiar

Design formative assessment activities as part of normal teaching
Design appropriate, valid and reliable assessment tools for summative assessment
Elicit and use feedback from assessments for remedial purposes
Use assessment to evaluate how learning takes place
Strategies to keep accurate health and progress records for learners to support counseling
Track learners’ progress through quizzes, class participation, assignments and tests (CATs/RATs)
Use formative assessment to determine learners’ challenges
Apply ethical assessment practices to ensure confidentiality and integrity of the assessment in learning
Improve instructional practice based on assessment feedback
Identify, assess and ensure support for learners in difficult circumstances

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PART G:  CONTEMPORARY/EMERGING ISSUES IN TEACHER  EDUCATION PROGRAMME

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* Rate the importance of including the following contemporary/emerging issues in teacher capacity building programmes . (Tick in the appropriate box using the scale: not important at all = 1, a little important = 2, very important = 3)

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Financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills
Good governance, integrity and national cohesion
Drugs and substance abuse
Sexuality education and gender issues
Disaster risk reduction and management
Use of technology in education
Safety and security
Environment, health and hygiene and climate change
Global Citizenship Education
Mainstreaming disability
Animal welfare protection

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PART H: FREQUENCY AND DURATION OF TRAINING

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* State the level in which you need urgent support for a particular subject(s). Indicate the topic

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* Subject

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* Topic/Sub-topic

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