Teacher Preparedness in the Implementation of Early Childhood Development Education in Kericho County, Kenya

Joshua Manduku, Reginah Cherop, Zipporah Muia


The purpose of this study was geared towards the analysis of the teacher’s preparedness and their attitudes towards the selection and use of the instructional resources in ECDE centers in Kericho County, Kenya. The research was based on the ideas and concepts of curriculum theorists; Gross et al. (1971), Tyler (1949), Fullan (1982) and Shiundu and Omulando (1992). A conceptual framework showing the relationship between the independent and dependent variables was also conceptualized. The study adopted a descriptive survey design and utilized a mixed methods methodology and was carried out in Kericho Municipality Zone, Kericho County. Simple random and stratified sampling techniques were used to select respondents who comprised of a target population of 84 head teachers and 180 pre-school teachers to get the sample size of 25 head teachers and 54 pre-school teachers from the selected ECDE centers. Data was collected using questionnaires, observation checklists and an interview schedule. The instruments for data collection were piloted in the neighboring Belgut Zone to validate the tools and determine their reliability. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics, this included frequencies and percentages and the hypotheses were tested using Chi-Square test of association. Data was presented in the form of graphs, charts, and tables. The study provides useful information for the education policy makers to produce relevant learning resources and course books for the ECDE teachers. The Government of Kenya (GoK) can use the findings to consider funding the pre-school education and improve teacher preparedness and attitudes towards the use of instructional resources. Teachers can use the findings to improve on their preparedness and attitudes towards the selection and use of instructional resources. The major findings of the study showed that teachers were prepared, and had a positive attitude towards the selection and use of Instructional Resources. However, the status of the available materials in the centers were either inadequate, obsolete, dilapidated or unsuitable for use.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22158/fce.v1n1p1


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