INFLUENCE OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF PRESCHOOL CHILDREN IN KANGETA DIVISION, MERU COUNTY, KENYA

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Parents of preschool children are often faced with unique challenges that hinder them from meeting
the learners’ needs. These  include; insufficient time, job type, home rules, level of education, order
of priority, set home environment, opinion to voluntary work at school, time taken to respond  to
school activities,  buying instructional  materials, attending parents meetings, conferences, sports
,academic clinic day, and discussing the academic progress of the child. If the above needs are not
attended to, the child may not perform well because of inadequate parental support.  The purpose of
the study was to establish the influence of parental involvement on  academic performance of
preschool  children in Kangeta division, Meru  County,  Kenya.  The research study addressed the
following specific objectives: To find out whether home environment has an influence on academic
performance of preschool learners,  establish whether the parent-school communication has an
influence on academic performance of preschool learners,  investigate whether parents’ participation
in educational activities at home have an influence on academic performance of preschool learners
and  find out whether parents’ participation in educational activities at school have an influence on
academic performance of preschool learners. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The
following research instruments were used; interview schedules, questionnaires and documentary
analysis. The sample size was 166 which comprised of parents, teachers and children. The data was
analyzed using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) version 16.0. Descriptive statistics was
used for analysis since the study was descriptive in nature. Presentation of data involved frequency,
mean scores, data  tables  and bar  graphs.  The study established various  forms of  parents’
participation in educational activities at school; education activities at home,  parent-school

Author: 
VERONICAH MUTHONI MWIRICHIA
Unit: 
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