Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 1(9), pp. 402-409 October 2010         
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Full Length Research Paper

Determination of language materials selected, developed and used in the early childhood education programme

George O. 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 E-mail: findoshi@yahoo.com

Received 21 September, 2010; Accepted 15 October, 2010

Abstract

Teaching and learning of language in Early Childhood Development and Education ECDE Centers could benefit from effective selection, development and use of materials. However, in Gem District in the Republic of Kenya, concerns have been raised regarding insufficient and ineffective selection, development and use of materials in teaching and learning. The purpose of this study was to determine the range and factors influencing selection, development and use of language materials. 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 questionnaire and  observation checklist. The study found that there was acute shortage of language materials due to administrative, physical, human and target task factors which influenced the selection, development and use of language materials in ECDE centers. The study recommends that the Government and all the stakeholders be involved in capacity building to enhance sufficient and effective selection, development and use of language materials in the Early Childhood Development and Education Programme.

Keywords: ECDE language materials, selection, development, use