Identification of and talented learners in primary schools in Wareng district, Uasin Gishu county, Kenya
Sambu, M. C.
Kamau, K. G.
Tonu, W. K.
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The main purpose of the study was to establish the methods teachers use to identify learners who are gifted and talented in Primary schools in Wareng district, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. Wareng district was purposively selected for the study because of its good performance in academics and sports. Other objevctives of the study included establishing the characteristics of gifted and talented learners. The research study adopted mixed method approach design. In total, the study sampled ten schools through purposive sampling techniques and using performance status as a criteria. Ten head teachers were purposively picked and ninety teachers selected using simple random technique, generating a sample size of one hundred respondents. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected using questionnaires and interview guides for teachers and head teachers respectively. Descriptive statistics in SPSS such as frequency tables, percentages, graphs and charts were used to analyse quantitative data while thematic texts were used to analyse the qualitative data. The data were then triangulated to generalise conclusions on the findings of the study. The results of the findings showed that observation was a widely used method of identifying gifted learners. Major characteristics of gifted and talented included a child's active participation and level of aggressiveness, and outstanding performance. The study recommended that teachers be in-serviced and trained to equip them with knowledge and skills on proper methods of identification and programmes of gifted and talented. There is a need to develop a standardized identification assessment tools.