A Survey of the Challenges of Translating Research Results into Classroom Practice on the teaching of Mathematics in Secondary Schools
This study examined extent to which teachers are able to translate the research results into classroom practice. This study sought data from three hundred classroom Mathematics teachers using a-30 item self constructed validated and reliable questionnaire which was found to be appropriate. The instrument sought information on the teacher’s awareness of the various research reports and their assessments of the problems facing translating findings to classroom practice. Preliminary findings indicate that majority of teachers are not aware of these research results. They find the application of these results difficult and are skeptical of the efficacy of the new methods recommended in such reports. It was suggested that research results should be made available for public consumption; should be less difficult to use for classroom practice; and that policy makers to step up efforts in assisting teachers to use the research findings in their teaching.
Keywords: translating research results, findings, classroom practice, challenges, teachers, teaching, awareness, mathematics
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