Browsing by Author "Frederick, Ssempala"
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- ItemAddressing Curriculum Gaps to Enhance Research Engagement Among Postgraduate Students in Low Resource Settings(2020) Frederick, SsempalaFor any country to develop, it should be able to conduct research to generate knowledge necessary to solve problems of humanity by producing necessary goods and services. Research is essential for any nation’s success. Most goods and services consumed today are products of research conducted in developed countries by post-graduate students. Unfortunately, most post-graduate students in developing countries face a lot of challenges that limit their ability to engage in original research that should be published in refereed journals and to acquire necessary patents accordingly. Curriculum gaps inhibit most graduate students in low-resource settings from engaging in productive research necessary to transform the developing country’s economy. Hence, the chapter discusses the importance of research engagement and strategies to fill curriculum gaps in the postgraduate programs to enhance research engagement among the post-graduate students in low-resource settings.
- ItemEcology of schooling: Enabling school environment for student engagement in Uganda’s Universal Secondary Education(International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review, 2020-03) Sylivia, Awori; Denis, Sekiwu; Frederick, Ssempala; Frances, NaluwembaUsing the Mixed method, we examine the relationship between the school environment and student engagement in USE schools in Uganda. Most study participants agree that the environment in USE schools is generally conducive. There isa positive relationship between the school environment and student engagement although this relationship is still low. This means that student engagement in school activities cannot depend on only the school environment. There are a host of other factors that influence student engagement which the school authority needs to know and utilize in order to improve student engagement. Management of USE schools should provide for counseling and guidance services as well as supporting the integration of values in schools. The Government should construct good libraries and provideup-to-date learning materials like textbooks plus any other reading materials. Government shouldalsorecruit experienced and quality teachers into the USE schools, as well as constructing modern science laboratories to support the teaching of science disciplines.
- ItemFacilities management and quality of teaching and learning at a multi- campus public university in Uganda(International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review, 2020) Eden, Akategeka; Denis, Sekiwu; Frederick, SsempalaThis is an account of a cross-sectional survey of how facilities management relates to the quality of teaching and learning in Busitema University, a multi campus model public University in Uganda. The study employed a mixed methods approach involving semi-structured questionnaires and interviews with a population of 506 and a sample of 223 participants in the categories of University top managers, deans of faculties, heads of department, academic, administrative, support staff and students’ leaders. The findings are that the quality of teaching and learning was good (M = 47.5 and SD = 7.45). Second, facilities management in the University was also good (M = 40.3 and SD = 6.72). Third, a significant relationship existed between facilities management and the quality of teaching and learning (r = .577, p<0.05) with (R2 =0.333). Fourth, several challenges affected facilities management and these included limited funding, incompetent staff, unaffordable maintenance costs, delayed response to facilities management among other challenges. The argument that facilities management has a significant relationship with the quality of teaching and learning is in consonance with the stage theory of Higher Education development that argues that with massification in higher education, there is stress on facilities hence, affecting the quality of teaching and learning. Recommendations advanced were that Managers of Busitema University should make effort to promote the quality of teaching and learning, improve facilities management and work to solve challenges of facilities management.
- ItemInvestigating the relationship between school attendance and academic performance in universal primary education.(African Educational Research Journal, 2020) Denis, Sekiwu; Frederick, Ssempala; Frances, NaluwembaThis study investigated the relationship between school attendance and academic performance in UPE schools in Rubanda district of Uganda. Using data from a sample of 104 participants, the researchers established that UPE schools perform poorer in internal examinations but better in national examinations. The regular school attendees perform differently from the chronic absentees. There is also a positive relationship between school attendance and academic performance (R = 0.365), although school attendance explains only 11.8% variations in academic performance while 88.2% is explained by other factors affecting academic performance. School administrators should identify other factors that are likely to influence pupils' academic performance apart from attendance, as well as strengthening community school interaction programmes to help improve attendance in UPE schools.
- ItemPrevalence and management of common soccer injuries during university games in Uganda(International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health, 2020) Olive, Tusiime; Eunice, Kateshumbwa; Frederick, SsempalaThe study sought to establish the common soccer injuries, their causes and management among Busitema University athletes. The study used a cross-sectional survey design involving quantitative and qualitative approaches on a sample of 76 respondents, obtained by simple random and purposive sampling techniques. Data was collected by use of self-administered questionnaires, an observational tool and interview guide. Quantitative data analysis involved generation of descriptive statistics; frequencies, percentages and means. Qualitative data was analysed using content analysis. The study established that the common injuries were ligament sprain or strains (56.6%) and re-injuries (55.1%). Dry and hard grounds, joint instability, bad playing field conditions, inadequate treatment/ rehabilitation from previous injury, exercise overload/ over training, poor skill execution, poor training techniques and player neglect caused the injuries. Sports injuries were majorly managed through taking rest and use of pain killers. It was recommended that quality playing fields and equipment, providing players with adequate attention and advocating for full implementation of fair play rules should be fostered to abate sports injuries.
- ItemTeachers' well-being and performance at government-aided primary schools in Rubanda District's Bubaare Sub-County(International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review, 2021) Bannet, Karegyeza; Frederick, Ssempala; Phelix, Businge Mbabazi; Olivia Nina, RugambwaTeachers’ performance management is a continuous process for identifying, evaluating and developing the work performance of teachers, so that the goals and objectives of the schools are more effectively achieved, while at the same time benefiting teachers. This study was carried out to establish the influence of teachers’ welfare on their performance in government aided primary schools in Bubaare sub-county in Rubanda District South Western Uganda. The study used cross sectional survey research design. Qualitative approach was utilized for data collection and analysis Interviews guides were used to collect qualitative data while structured questionnaires instrument was used to collect quantitative data. The study participants were 74 teachers, 7 PTA leaders and 7 head teachers in the selected government aided primary schools in Bubaare sub-county, Rubanda District. The researchers used systematic analysis method to analyze quantitative data and thematic data analysis to analyse qualitative data. The study established that, teachers’ welfare highly influenced teachers performance, and also, schools leaders’ attitudes highly influenced the teachers’ welfare in government aided primary schools in Bubaare sub-county, Rubanda District. Finally, it was recommended that government should put up strategies to ensure that staff accommodation /houses are conducive and adequate facilities are put in place for teachers satisfactory for improved performance, local communities and parents should support schools with provision of food items to make meals (balanced diet) available to teachers, government should appreciate the significance of medical services for teachers in order to perform and health insurance schemes should be made available to teachers, government should provide more educational facilities such as working tables, sitting facilities, teaching materials and infrastructural facilities and PTA leaders and other stake holders should put up strategies to provide teachers with allowances, good working conditions.