Training Tomorrow’s Teacher: The Kenyan Government’s Efforts to Respond to Pre-Service Teacher Training Demands

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The Kenyan government has realised that to be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), its education system must not only address the quantity factor but the quality imperative as well. Aware of the poor quality of the education currently available, pre-service teacher training has been specifically targeted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as one of the predominant areas through which quality in education can be improved.

Based on document analysis, questionnaires and interviews, this contribution not only looks at the objectives of the current pre-service teacher training curriculum in Kenya by analysing the strategies adopted towards achieving the MDGs but goes a step further by contrasting the views held on this by the government and the Ministry of Education to those held by final year education students on the same. The findings reveal important gaps that need to be addressed if pre-service teacher training in Kenya is to achieve its stipulated objectives.

Keywords: Teacher Training, Objectives, Student Attitudes, Representations
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , , Training Tomorrow’s Teacher

Eunice Sanya Pelini

Doctoral Student, Paris XII University
Paris, France

Ref: L09P0113