Factors influencing the selection and utilization of learning resources by tutors in three selected primary teachers' colleges in Kenya
Nzioka, John Nzomo
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The overall goal of this study was to establish the factors influencing the selection and utilization of learning resources by the tutors in three selected Primary Teachers' Training Colleges (PTICs) in Kenya. This was for the purpose of investigating the selection and utilization of 1caming resources in order to improve the quality of academic results. The researcher endeavored to aDSWer the question; what was the background information for the tutors, available learning resources, the role, criteria for, challenges faced and factors promoting the selection and utilization of learning resources. The literature review was reviewed from related studies and relevant texts to establish the selection criteria and the utilization of the same learning resources in Primary Teachers Training Colleges. The data for this study was collected utilimlg questionnaires, interviews schedules, focus group discussion (FGD) and checklists. The study was a survey that used both qualitative and quantitative study designs. The researcher used convenient and purposive sampling techniques. The data was analyzed utilizing frequencies and percentages and presented in form. of tables. In the findings, the researcher established that, a six point parameter was pertinent in the selection and utilization of learning resources regardless of the training levels of the tutors. These were: lesson objective(s), availability of the learning resources, length of the lecture sessions; the size of the class, accessibility of the learning resources and utilization of the learning resources influenced the selection and utilization of the learning resources. The researcher concluded that, in deciding the selection and utilization of learning resources, it is important to appreciate the crucial role played by the learning resources in the teacher training and make it a tradition to select and utilize learning resources frequently and occasionally during the lecture sessions in the training of the teachers. In addition, it is important to utilize improvised learning resources so as to close the gap where some learning resources are not readily available. The researcher recommended that it is necessary for the roes to nurture a culture of the selection and utilization of learning resources from the beginning to the end. The heads of these institutions need to appreciate the role played by the tutors and the teacher trainees in the selection and utilization of learning resources. Improvisation of leaming resources needs to be embraced by these institutions. This will enhance simplicity of resources, reduce cost of buying and availability of the learning resources. There is need for public and private partnership in equipping the PITCs with the learning resources.