Primary School Teachers Competency Development: Implication for Quality Teaching

Abstract:

Efforts have been on in the search for strategies that could improve teachers’ knowledge and pedagogic skills for classroom practice. The student teaching practice (a period of internship) has been an age long practice of enabling pre-service teachers acquire teaching experiences and improve their skills about the profession. However, the need to explore other possibilities that could enhance the acquisition of the desired teaching skills informed this study. A sample of two hundred and forty teacher education students participated in the study out of which one hundred and twenty received mentoring either by an expert or from a peer before proceeding on teaching practice. A quasi experimental design was adopted. Data was collected using Teachers Test of Classroom Competency (TTCC). Result showed a higher competence level of mentored group over the control group (Non-mentored). The inclusion of mentoring as an additional strategy in would-be teachers training programme was recommended.