TEACHERS' FEEDBACK AND PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN'S CLASSROOM PARTICIPATION IN WEST DIVISION, EMBU COUNTY, KENYA

Professor Jane Ciumwari Gatumu, Jesinter Wanjiru
2019 Zenodo  
The purpose of this study was to examine feedback methods teachers used to enhance children's participation in preschools in West Division, Embu County. Using quasi-experimental design, 156 children and 12 teachers were sampled to take part. The 12 teachers responded to an open-ended questionnaire focusing on methods they used for feedback, while the preschool children were interviewed on the same. Observations of how they provided feedback were undertaken. This was done before teachers were
more » ... re teachers were trained on proper use of verbal, written and demonstrative feedback methods. After the training, the two researchers observed life lessons for a period of two months. It emerged that verbal feedback for praising children's performance raised children's motivation to lead to the highest score in their level of participation, while verbal feedback for criticism lowered children's self-image making their participation score low. Another major finding was that where teachers used written feedback in form of positive drawings like smiling faces and stars, children's participation score was relatively high. Teachers' demonstrations yielded low scoring on how children participated and this may have been due to their tendedence to depend on the teacher. The study recommended that teachers may need to be regularly trained on proper usage of feedback as their competence to promote children's engagement in learning.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3553118 fatcat:jx5xm5vbwvdubcteeq7egcha7u