EFFECT OF TEACHER CHARACTERISTICS ON THE ACQUISITION OF NUMBER WORK SKILLS BY PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN IN UGUNJA DISTRICT, SIAYA COUNTY, KENYA.

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The purpose of this was to investigate the influence of teacher characteristics on
children’s acquisition of number work skills in Ugunja District. The study used
questionnaires, documentary analysis and observation checklist to collect data. The
population for the study comprises of 36 teachers out of 120 of the sampled schools from
a population of 60 schools. The study used expost facto research design. The data was
analyzed using descriptive statistics which involved tabulation of data into tables, and
percentages. The findings of this study revealed that teacher’s academic and professional
qualification, teacher’s teaching experience and teacher gender do influence children’s
acquisition of number work skills in Ugunja District. The result indicated that many years
of experience contributes to high level of number works acquisition skills among pre-
school children, high level of academic and professional among teachers help pre-school
children to acquire more skills in mathematics activities. Most female teachers were
better performance in imparting mathematics knowledge to preschool children compared
to male teachers who were also few in numbers.

Author: 
APUDO ELIZABETH AKINYI
Unit: 
COMMTECH

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