Including the Excluded: The Case of Slow Learners at Buloba Primary School, Uganda
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This article describes a study of Mathematics teachers at Buloba Primary School in Uganda. The purpose was to analyse the teachers’ perceptions, essential practices for creating inclusive classroom environments for slow learners, and implementation challenges. This quasi-experimental research included a focus group discussion, an interview with the headteacher, three lesson observations and post-observation focus group discussions. The results indicate that the teachers have mixed perceptions and several practices: peer learning, certain teaching methods, linking teaching to real-world applications, seating environment, and providing a threat -free classroom environment. Highlighted challenges include heavy workloads, limited time, inadequate training, mixed classes of both slow and fast learners, inability to identify slow learners, class size and lack of knowledge. It emphasizes the need to define and develop reference frameworks of teacher competencies and institutionalize in-service teacher education programmes through school-based practices and research.
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