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Use of concept maps in reforming teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in Kuwait

By Safinaz Alshatty, James Watters and Gillian Kidman

Abstract

This paper addresses the professional development of Kuwaiti teachers in the use of concept maps to teach Family and Consumer Science. A key aim of the study was to evaluate the degree to which the use of concept maps would influence the way Kuwaiti teachers approach and teach Family and Consumer Studies (FCS) subjects and the degree to which concept maps empower students to critically identify and express their knowledge of the subject being taught. \ud \ud A case study methodology was adopted to follow the implementation of lessons using concept maps by four teachers of middle years. An analysis of the data revealed the positive impact that student-centred teaching tools can have on the reformation of traditional teaching environments. \ud \ud For all teachers, the primary strengths of using concept maps were the ability to generate student interest, to motivate student participation and to enhance student understanding of content. Although a case study design may limit the generalisation and comparative value of the study, the findings of this study remain important to the planning of future professional development programs and the use of concept maps within Kuwait’s FCS curriculum area

Topics: 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development, Concept maps, Home Economics, Family and Consumer Science, Teacher Professional Development, Kuwait education, Case study
Publisher: Home Economics Institute of Australia Inc
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:59043

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