DSE Foundation Examination Format
DSE Foundation Examination Format
The examination formats contained in this document are for the 29 examinable subjects studied at the Diploma in Secondary Education (DSE) level. They were prepared as a response to the change of curriculum from that of two tiers system, where DSE students were studying one year at the teacher education college and another year in the field. In the 2009 revised curriculum, the content has been improved to suit the one tier system, which is two years duration in the college.
Furthermore, the formats have taken into account the paradigm shift from content based to competence-based instruction and assessment made in the 2005 Secondary School curriculum. The formats were designed to be used from May, 2011 Diploma in Secondary Education Examination (DSEE).
763 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION
This revised Foundations of Education Examination Format is in-line with the 2009 improved Diploma in Secondary Education Syllabus which emphasizes more on testing competences than content. Thus, the examinations will assess candidates’ competences rather than the content which they are required to reproduce.
2.0 GENERAL OBJECTIVES
The examination will generally assess the extent to which the candidate can:
2.1 acquire knowledge on concepts of education, philosophy of education and branches of philosophy of education.
2.2 show an understanding of important education developments in Tanzania.
2.3 analyse educational changes and innovations in Tanzania before and after independence.
2.4 acquire knowledge and develop understanding about social equity and equality
2.5 understand the importance of effects of the inter-relationship of different societies to the activities of education.
2.6 compare and contrast educational issues in Tanzania with those of other countries.
2.7 acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes needed in educational management and administration.
2.8 identify cross-cutting issues in the area of specialization.
2.9 develop critical thinking on different educational issues.
2.10 acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes in dealing with students with diverse learning needs.
2.11 develop reflective skills in teaching and learning in the area of specialization.
3.0 SPECIFIC COMPETENCES
The examination will test the candidate’s ability to:
3.1 analyse and criticize educational issues.
3.2 translate and integrate educational policies and innovations in teaching and learning activities.
3.3 demonstrate creativity, innovativeness and improvisation in the teaching and
3.4 use interpersonal skills to involve community to participate in schools activities.
3.5 apply educational experiences from other countries.
3.6 generate and apply logical arguments in day to day professional activities.
3.7 plan, organize and coordinate school activities.
3.8 integrate cross cutting-issues in the subject of specialization.
3.9 demonstrate critical thinking when dealing with educational issues.
3.10 demonstrate ability to reflect on teaching and learning process in areas of specialization.
4.0 EXAMINATION RUBRIC
There will be one examination paper for this subject. The paper will consist of sections A and B with a total of eighteen (18) questions. The candidates will be required to answer fourteen (14) questions. The duration of the paper will be three (3) hours.
4.1 Section A will consist of ten (10) short answer questions. Candidates will be
required to answer all questions. The section carries forty (40) marks.
4.2 Section B will consist of four (8) essay questions. Candidates will be required
to answer four (4) questions from this section. The section will carry sixty (60)
5.0 EXAMINATION CONTENT
In setting the examination, the following topics will be considered:
5.2 Philosophy of Education
5.3 Historical Development of education in Tanzania (Mainland and Zanzibar)
5.4 Trends in education development in Tanzania and other countries (1967 to date)
5.5 Sociology of education
5.6 Education management and administration