Analysis of Teaching Strategies on Students’ Performance in Sciences: A Case of Rev. Muhoro Secondary School for the Deaf; Nyeri County, Kenya
Kangu, Fredrick Naminde
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The study sought to analyze teaching strategies being used in class on deaf students‟ performance in sciences at Rev. Muhoro Secondary Schools for the Deaf in Nyeri County, Kenya. The study used Descriptive Case Study design. The principal and teachers who took part in the study were sampled purposively while students were sampled a long stratus. The sample size of the study comprised of; 1 principal, 7science teachers and 48 students producing a sample of 56 participants. Data collection was done by use of questionnaires, interview and lesson observation. It was then analyzed by both quantitative and qualitative data collection strategies. Analyzed quantitative data was then presented by use of descriptive statistics such as; percentages, frequency tables and charts while data from principal, teachers, students‟ and lesson observation were reported in narrative form based on major themes. The study revealed, learner-centered teaching method was the best method in sciences classroom, many teachers had little understanding of IEP, many lacked necessary skills for communicating science knowledge to deaf learners, charts videos and computer resources had not been adequately utilized and that time for science learning was inadequate hence affecting science syllabus coverage and understanding in class. It was therefore recommended that, there was need for in-service teacher training in Total Communication to equip teachers with skills that were in line with changing global needs in deaf education, teachers be encouraged to attend SMASSE- Insets where they can learn about resources utilization in class and that, science curriculum be adapted to be in line with the learning pace of deaf students. It was also stressed that, only teachers who had trained in Special Needs Education should be posted to teach in deaf schools and that, inspectorate services should be enhanced to ensure teachers were using IEP in their teaching.