Ngara et al
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3(8), pp. 381-391, October 2013
Manuscript Number: 180913846
An Assessment of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Development Degree Programme in its Initial Stages at Zimbabwe Open University
1*Ngara Rosemary, 2Ngwarai Richard, 3Ngara Rodgers
1Lecturer and Coordinator –Education Department, Zimbabwe Open University.
2Lecturer and Coordinator -Department of Disability Studies and Special Needs Education,
Zimbabwe Open University.
3Deputy Head -Liebenberg High School, Chivhu.
*Corresponding Authors’ Email: rosemaryngara @ gmail. com
The Bachelor of Early Childhood
Education degree (BEDECD) is a teacher development programme
which was introduced for study at Zimbabwe Open University
in September 2010 in response to the need for more ECD-trained
teachers. BEDECD is four year programme. It had run for
three semesters at the time the study was conducted. The
study was conducted at Zimbabwe Open University, in Masvingo
region to assess opinions of students and lecturers on the
implementation of the BEDECD curriculum, in the stated
period. Generally, students and lecturers were of the
opinion that modules designed for the programme had been
useful and had recent data and the design of the modules was
of high quality. Pre-Teaching Practice Microteaching was
viewed by most participants as helpful but micro-teaching
was not accorded adequate time. However, participants were
generally, unhappy about the delayed provision of some
modules in each of the semesters. Students felt that
tutorials were in most cases fruitful as tutors were
thoroughly prepared but students reported that tutors did
not employ any media that could have driven home ideas and
concepts at stake. The study recommended timeous provision
of curriculum materials and feedback on assignments, among
Keywords: Sub-theme: Teacher Education and Professional Development or Curriculum Reforms and Implementations.
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