THE IMPACT OF TEACHERS INTERPERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS ON ACQUISITION OF READING SKILLS AMONG GRADE THREE PUPILS IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN BUNGOMA COUNTY

  • CLAARTJE NEKOYE WAKHUNGU KIBABII UNIVERSITY
Keywords: Interpersonal characteristics, acquisition, reading skills, impact.

Abstract

The acquisition of requisite reading skills plays a crucial role in scaffolding learning and more so when children start their education. These reading skills form an important pivot around which most learning revolves. Nevertheless, studies globally indicate that majority of school-age pupils are not being taught the relevant reading skills at an appropriate age and grade hence most of them attain the age of eleven years before acquiring these skills. The integral role played by the teacher in enabling learners acquire reading skills cannot be over emphasized. They are, in fact, an important axis around which all educational processes revolve including the success in the acquisition of the children’s literacy skills. The purpose of this study was to find out the impact of teacher interpersonal characteristics on acquisition of reading skills among grade three pupils in public primary schools in Bungoma County. Vygotsky’s (1978) theory was fundamental to this study. A descriptive survey research was adopted in the study focusing on grade three pupils, their class teacher and the head teachers in Bumula Sub-County. Simple random sampling and purposive sampling techniques were used to select the study sample of 32%. Data was collected using questionnaires, interview schedules and reading tests for grade three pupils to determine their level of reading skills. The researcher designed a pupil test to determine the levels of reading across the Grade III Learners. The study found out that teacher’s interpersonal characteristics affects the acquisition of reading skills among the grade III learners. The findings also revealed that reading skills among grade three learners were very low. The study recommended that the Ministry of Education should organize refresher courses for teachers through in-service trainings, workshops to improve on skills required to teach reading skills.

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Published
2021-03-25
How to Cite
WAKHUNGU, C. (2021). THE IMPACT OF TEACHERS INTERPERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS ON ACQUISITION OF READING SKILLS AMONG GRADE THREE PUPILS IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN BUNGOMA COUNTY. Proceedings of the International Conference on Future of Education, 3(01), 55-65. https://doi.org/10.17501/26307413.2020.3106