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Integrating Skills into Higher Education in Subsaharan African
(Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research, 2022) Anumaka Ijeoma Blessing; Afam Uzorka; Danson Musinguzi,; Richard Twinamatsiko
Higher education in recent years has become complicated, because of the COVID19 pandemic making content delivering complex, and skills acquisition a bit difficult to learners. into all programs and courses in Sub-Saharan universities to improve economic development and increase employability. Teaching in higher education is a complex passing of knowledge and skills to learners. Unfortunately, universities in Sub-Saharan Africa teach mainly theories. The expected outcomes of higher education, are supposed to produce learned and productive individuals with skills that can manipulate, alter or change environment technically into a much better environment, in every aspect. The method of the study is constructivism, interpretative paradigm and knowledge claims; Xrays some of the difficulties in including skills in higher education and also suggests ways to map the higher education curriculum. Skills to be included range from Generic to Hard skills. With a methodology that employed critical analysis of research findings, conclusion is drawn that there is urgent need to include or integrate skills acquisition into all programs and courses in Sub-Saharan universities to improve economic development and increase employability.
Integrating Mindfulness in East African School Curricula: Opportunities, Challenges, and Best Practice
(Research Invention Journal of Research in Education, 2024) Kenyangi U. I.
The integration of mindfulness practices in education has garnered global attention for its potential to enhance cognitive and emotional well-being among students. This paper examines the applicability and benefits of mindfulness-based interventions, such as meditation and yoga, in East African school curricula. The study addresses the current educational challenges in the region, emphasizing the over-reliance on rote learning and the need for fostering creativity and independent thought. Through a review of literature and analysis of global mindfulness programs, the paper explores the potential cognitive and socio-emotional benefits of mindfulness practices for East African students. It also discusses cultural considerations, challenges, and best practices for implementing such programs in a culturally sensitive manner. The findings suggest that while mindfulness practices offer significant benefits, successful integration requires careful adaptation to local cultural contexts and comprehensive teacher training.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Education in Kenya: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies for Mitigating Learning Loss
(Research Invention Journal of Research in Education, 2024) Baingana J. K.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted educational systems worldwide, with Kenya being no exception. School closures and the transition to remote learning have posed substantial challenges, particularly in regions with limited access to technology. This paper examines the impact of COVID-19 on education in Kenya, highlighting the risks of prolonged learning interruptions on children's academic and future labor market outcomes. It also discusses the Kenyan government's response, including distance learning initiatives and policy interventions aimed at mitigating learning loss. The analysis reveals disparities in access to remote learning and the necessity for targeted strategies to support the most affected students. Recommendations include expanding access to digital resources, enhancing teacher training, and implementing remedial programs to address educational inequities exacerbated by the pandemic.
The Evolution of Teacher Professional Development: Integrating Digital and Traditional Approaches
(Research Invention Journal of Research in Education, 2024) Bitalo J.U.
Teacher professional development (PD) is a critical element in the continuous improvement of educational practices and outcomes. This paper explores the transformative journey of PD from traditional methods to the incorporation of digital tools and platforms. It examines the impact of socioeconomic and technological changes on education, highlighting the necessity for teachers to adapt to diverse student needs and global economic demands. The paper contrasts traditional PD approaches with digital ones, discussing their respective benefits and challenges. It further explores key technologies and strategies for effective implementation of digital PD, emphasizing the importance of continuous learning, personalized plans, and collaborative communities of practice. The conclusion underscores the need for ongoing research and investment in teacher PD to enhance educational quality and equity worldwide.
The Impact of Parental Involvement on Children's Literacy Development in Early Education
(Research Invention Journal of Research in Education, 2024) Kule Ashirafu Masudi; Turyamureeba Silaji
This study investigates the role of parental involvement in enhancing the literacy development of children in early education. Focusing on both non-intensive and active parental support, the research examines how parents' engagement in reading activities influences children's reading and spelling progress by the end of their second and third primary school years. The study underscores the significance of home-literacy activities, positive parental attitudes toward reading, and effective home-school communication in promoting educational outcomes. By addressing socioeconomic and cultural barriers, the research highlights strategies to foster increased parental involvement, ultimately aiming to reduce educational inequalities and support children's social, emotional, and academic development.