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dc.contributor.authorMunyua, Carolyn Gakurii
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-30T12:31:49Z
dc.date.available2018-04-30T12:31:49Z
dc.date.issued2014-07
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Education and Research, Vol. 2(7) July 2014en_US
dc.identifier.issn22016333
dc.identifier.issn22016740
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/18343
dc.descriptionResearch articleen_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to investigate the factors influencing choice of vocational courses by learners with Hearing Impairments (HI) in selected Vocational Training Centres (VTCs), Kenya. The objectives of the study were: types of vocational courses, learners’ career aspirations, peer influence and factors within the school environment that facilitate choice of vocational courses. The research study adopted mixed method approach design in achieving its objectives. Data was collected from selected VTCs in Kenya. Purposive sampling was used in the selection of the institutions, administrators, instructors and learners. Stratified sampling was used to select male and female learners i.e four administrators, eleven instructors, sixty-two learners. Descriptive statistics in SPSS such as frequency tables, percentages, graphs and charts were used to analyse quantitative data while thematic texts were used to present qualitative data. The findings of this study indicated that most of the vocational courses offered in VTCs were tailoring, masonry, carpentry and joinery and beauty therapy and were relevant to job market. The study also established that peers influenced how learners with HI chose vocational courses and acted as role models and they encouraged each other to choose same courses they had undertaken. The study also found out that learners with HI lacked career awareness in the choice of vocational courses due to lack of proper guidance by the parents/guardians and also partly by the instructors and this greatly influenced how they chose their vocational courses. The study showed that factors within the school environment influence the type of vocational courses learners with HI chose and that instructors advised the learners on how to choose vocational courses depending on their interest and abilities. It is thus recommended that on the effect of peer influence on the choice of vocational courses, the VTCs should employ or hire career experts whose responsibilities should be to guide learners on the suitability of various courses. Key words: Vocational courses, career aspiration, peer influenceen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectVocational coursesen_US
dc.subjectCareer aspirationen_US
dc.subjectPeer influenceen_US
dc.titleFactors Influencing Choice of Vocational Courses by Learners With Hearing Impairements in Selected Vocational Training Centres,Kenyaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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