Influence of pre-school teachers' level of motivation to use play as a medium of instruction in Masaba Sub-County Nyamira County
Manyara, Chrisanto Omwenga
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The purpose of this study was to establish the influence of pre-school teachers' level of motivation on use of playas a medium of instruction in pre-school children's learning. It aimed at finding out if there is level of motivation that can make teachers to use playas a medium of instruction and participate in children's play activities for children's growth and development. Play is essential for the development of children because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. It offers an ideal opportunity for teachers to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and teachers, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. The study was carried out in Masaba north District ofNyamira County Kenya. The district was chosen because it is where the researcher comes from, making data collection convenient in terms of time and money. It is also one of the areas where the problem under study has been encountered. The area of study has pre-schools of the two categories of sponsorship: public, private both in rural and urban areas. Therefore, this qualitative inquiry was aimed at obtain a more in-depth understanding of when and how pre-school teachers get involved to children's play and demonstrate personal practices involving effective participation. As supported through the literature review and as the findings of this descriptive study has shown how teachers should be a model and a demonstrator instead of intervening the play by direct instruction. A survey approach was used through selfadministering questionnaires, and analysis was done using Analysis of Variance to test the hypotheses .Data collected was analyzed using frequency distribution tables, bar graphs, pie charts and tables. The key finding was that teachers need certain level of motivation for them to use playas a medium of instruction. There are a number of motivators that can increase the level of teachers' motivation to use playas a medium of instruction and participate in children's' play such as good salary, good management and personal convenience.