Influence of single-parent families on preschool learners’ class participation: a case of Mwingi zone, Kitui county, Kenya

Show simple item record Mwania, Jonathan M. Mwanza, Rose Ukulo, David K. 2020-06-22T09:20:16Z 2020-06-22T09:20:16Z 2020-04
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Education and Practice, Vol.11, No.11 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2222-1735
dc.identifier.issn 2222-288X
dc.description DOI: 10.7176/JEP/11-11-10 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study was designed to investigate whether single-parent families have influence on pre-school learners’ class participation. The study was carried out in Mwingi zone of Kitui County, Kenya. The zone had a total of 67 public pre-schools and the study targeted all the 67 public pre-schools, 1030 pre-school learners and 88 pre-school teachers. The researcher employed descriptive survey design so as to get information from the sampled respondents. The researcher obtained the sample size of the study by using both probability and non-probability sampling techniques. The sampling techniques included stratified random sampling and purposive sampling. The schools in the zone were grouped into five clusters namely: Musukini, Kanzanzu, Mwingi, Ithumbi and Kyethani. The researcher used a representative sample of 10% of the targeted preschool learners and 20.5% of the targeted preschool teachers. To collect data from the respondents, the researcher used questionnaires and observation checklists. The questionnaires were used to collect data from pre-school teachers, while observation checklists were used to collect data from pre-school learners. After collecting the data, the researcher processed it by editing, coding, classifying and tabulating it and then analyzed the processed data using descriptive analysis, frequency distribution tables and percentages and Pearson Correlation Tables. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to analyze data. The findings of the study indicated that there was a strong negative correlation (r= -0.712, P <0.05) between single-parent families and the class participation of pre-school learners. The study recommended that the pre-schools should be encouraged to be conducting frequent guidance and counseling sessions for learners from single-parent families. Pre-school class teachers should also identify the learners who are not active in class participation and encourage them to be active in class by offering rewards. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Family structure en_US
dc.subject single-parent family en_US
dc.subject Pre-school en_US
dc.subject Pre-school learner en_US
dc.subject Class Participation en_US
dc.subject School access en_US
dc.title Influence of single-parent families on preschool learners’ class participation: a case of Mwingi zone, Kitui county, Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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