Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 2(3), pp. 948-955 March 2011         
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Full Length Research Paper

Attitudes of Teachers towards Language Material Selection, Development and Use in Early Childhood Education Programme 

George Otieno Ogott1, Francis Chisikwa Indoshi2*, Michael Okello Okwara3 

1Dienya Secondary School, P.O Box 211, Ng’iya, Kenya.

2Maseno University, Private Bag Maseno.

3Bondo University College, P.O Box 210, Bondo, Kenya.

*Corresponding author Email: findoshi@yahoo.com 

Received 27 January, 2011; Accepted 17 February, 2011

Abstract

Teacher attitude is of importance in teaching and learning in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) Centers including the selection, development and use of language materials. However, in Gem District in the Republic of Kenya, it has been alleged that ECDE teachers lack interest in the selection, development and use of language materials in teaching and learning. This may negatively influence children’s interest in language learning and acquisition. The purpose of this study was to determine teachers’ attitude towards selection, development and use of language materials with regard to target tasks, human, administrative and physical factors. The study involved 68 teachers drawn from 115 ECDE centers in Gem District, Kenya selected by simple random technique representing 33% of the population. It was based on descriptive survey design. Data was collected by use of attitude test questionnaires. The study found that 91% of the teachers had positive attitudes towards target tasks, 80.8 % towards human factors, 76.5 % for physical factors and 69% for administrative factors with regard to language material selection, development and use.

 

Keywords: Attitudes, ECDE language materials, selection, development, use