A study of homescience teachers perception of domestic environment pollution in Limuru division primary schools Kiambu district.
Gatonye, Mary K
MetadataShow full item record
This study aimed at investigating primary Home Science teachers' perceptions of domestic environmental pollution. The area under study was Limuru Division, Kiambu District. In particular, the study sought to establish whether or not Home Science teachers considered the home as an important source of pollution. In addition, the study sought to establish whether the teachers had basic knowledge and understanding of various aspects of household pollution. Another aim was to find out whether their perceptions of domestic pollution influenced their teaching. The research was a simple survey and its sample was made up of 38 teachers who teach Home Science in the selected schools. Data was collected using questionnaires and analysed using simple descriptive statistics and percentages. The results of the study revealed the following: 1) Although about a half of the teachers considered the home as an important source of pollution, the other half did not. 2) Majority of the teachers had basic knowledge and understanding of various aspects of domestic pollution. However, a significant number of teachers were ignorant on certain aspects concerning chemical and noise pollution among others. 3) The teachers' perceptions of various aspects of domestic pollution influenced the areas of emphasis in their teaching. 4) The activity most teachers indicated they encourage often was the cleaning in and around the classroom; while the one least often encouraged was the use of organic pesticides to kill pests. 5) Other additional activities the teachers indicated they encouraged included proper refuse disposal, tree-planting and the use of renewable energy among others. The researcher concluded that most primary school teachers teaching Home Science had appropriate perceptions of domestic pollution and all indicated a positive attitude towards improving the quality of the environment. Further research in the area under study is recommended. It should involve a larger-sample and a wider scope.