A Survey of Instructional Resources for Mathematics in Selected Primary Schools of Kathonzweni Educational Zone, Machakos District, Kenya
Munyiilu, Francis Mulwa
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This study was aimed at finding out whether teachers use InstrunctionalR:esources in mathematics instructions, how they use the resources, the supply, availability and production of the resources. The research sample comprised all mathematics teachers of classes 2, 4, 6, and 8'in six selected schools. The research used a Teachers' Questionnair checklist, and Classroom observation schedule (which he developed) to collect data. The data was analysed by simple decriptive statistics like comparative percentages and means, after being tabulated. The study found that: 1. Although teachers appreciate the importance of Instructional Resources, paricularly Teaching Aids, they do not use many of them and the small number used may not be effective in instruction. 2. All pfimary schools experience shortages in Textbooks Stationery and Teaching Aids. 3. Teachers do little improvisation and hardly use the immediate environment as an instruction resource. 4. Differences exist between schools and classes of the same school in terms of availability of textbooks, staionery, and Teaching Aids (Teaching Aids differ by 3chools only.) 5. Mathematics teachers in Kathonzweni Educational Zone have strong positive feelings towards the production, use, and usefulness of Instruction Resources. 6. Differences between mathematics teachers were found only in their feelings towards Instructional Resources.