A survey of the factors that affect the teaching and learning of home science in primary schools in Kiambaa Division, Kiambu District.
Wang'ombe, Grace Micere
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This study was conducted in Kiambaa Division Division of Kiambu District in the Republic of Kenya. The research design of the study was a descriptive survey (simple survey). The main purpose of this survey was to try and find out the problems that teachers and pupils encounter(ed) in the teaching and learning of Home Science. The research was limited to upper primary classes and only ten schools were randomly selected as research sample. All the teachers of Home Science were required to respond to the teachers' questionnaire. Head teachers from the ten schools were required to respond to an interview schedule. From five of the ten schools, randomly sampled, pupils from standard 6 and standard 8 responded to the pupils' questionnaire. The researcher tried to find out whether the attitude had changed with the new emphasis placed on the subject such that it is now examinable in Kenya certificate of Primary Education examination and is compulsory for both boys and girls. It was also the aim of the researcher to find out whether any negative attitudes, if any, among the teachers and pupils did affect the teaching and learning of these subjects. The researcher collected the information required by means of interviews, questionnaires and casual observations. The researcher then analysed and reported the findings and made appropriate recommendations on the subject. The findings showed that:- 1. Facilities and equipment for effective teaching of Home Science were inadequate. 2. The syllabus for Home Science was too wide to be covered effectively. 3. The attitudes of the teachers and pupils were positively inclined towards Home Science. 4. Very few schools had a functional Home Science Laboratory.