Muyengwa and Mubika
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (6), pp. 279-282, August 2013
ISSN: 2276-7789 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 070913710
ODL Tutors’ Experiences in Curriculum Implementation
in Search of Quality
*1Barnabas Muyengwa, 2Augustine Kudakwashe Mubika
1Lecturer and National Programme Leader for the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE),
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Bachelor of Education (Curriculum Studies) at the Zimbabwe Open University.
2Senior Lecturer and Regional Programme Coordinator for the Mashonaland West Regional Centre of the Zimbabwe Open University: Department of Educational Studies.
akmubika @ gmail.com
*Corresponding Author’s Email: muyengwabb @ gmail.com
Open and distance learning (ODL)
tutors have varied backgrounds, expertise and experiences
regarding curriculum implementation. Also ODL tutors are
usually not housed at one place, but they are scattered
country wide and beyond. In regard to the search of quality,
ODL tutors are expected to operate on the same wavelength.
The study deliberately sought to unravel the degree to which
ODL tutors’ experiences in curriculum implementation could
pursue quality. The purposively sampled research
participants provided data by responding to an open ended
questionnaire. Eighteen Regional Programme Co-coordinators (RPCs)
from Zimbabwe Open University’s two regions of Mashonaland
West and Mashonaland East constituted the study sample. The
data gathered were sorted and coded thematically to pave way
for interpretation. From the findings it was concluded that
tutors’ different backgrounds, expertise and experiences
have bearing on curriculum implementation. The study’s
findings also led to the conclusion that staff development
programmes contribute to the enhancement of effective
curriculum implementation. The study’s major recommendation
is that when recruiting tutors, the tutor’s background
should be relevant to issues of quality curriculum
implementation in ODL. The study also recommended that staff
development should be seen as playing a critical role in
enhancing effective curriculum implementation in ODL.
Keywords: Open and distance learning, curriculum implementation, quality, Open and distance learning (ODL) tutors.