Influence of Parents’ Age on Perceptions of the Role of Male Teachers in Preschools in Vihiga Sub-County, Kenya

Avoga Elisheba, Gladwell Wambiri, Nyakwara Begi


Children who are taught by both male and female teachers develop holistically. This means that male teachers are vital in the education of young children. The study was to explore parents’ perceptions of the role of male teachers’ in preschools in Vihiga Sub-county as well as examine the influence of age on parents’ perception of the role the teachers in pre-schools in the sub-county. The study was guided by Albert Bandura’s Social Learning theory. Descriptive research design was used to guide the study. The dependent variable was parents’ perception of role of male teachers’ in pre-schools, while the independent variable was parents’ age. The locale of the study was Vihiga Sub County in Kenya. Questionnaire and interview schedules were used to collect data and analyzed using qualitative and quantitative methods. Results from data analysis indicated that parents’ perception of the role of male teachers’ in pre-schools was negative. It was also clear from the results that the perception was influenced by parents’ age. It was recommended that school management should organize programs to help parents to understand the role played by male teachers in preschools in order to change their attitude towards the teachers.

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