Margaret’s Teacher Training Project – Chapter 3


Chapter 3: Research Methodology

In this chapter the researcher, dealt with research methodology and sub areas. Such as research approach, research design, target size and sample procedures, research tools/instrument study areas, data collection and analysis techniques.

3.1 Research Approach

This was the way the data was collected and analyzed. The researcher collected data using both qualitative and quantitative approach as recommended by Mugenda and Mugenda (1999) for this kind of research.

3.2 Research Design

This is the actual plan/technique the researcher may use to carry out the research.

The researcher used the survey method in the research.

3.3 Target Population

These are individual’s events or subjects from whom the research may gather data or information.

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In this research the researcher dealt with parents and teachers of Kileva Primary School. The school had a population of 74 pupils in which most of them came from the surrounding area.The school has 8 members of staffs in primary while there is 1 teacher in pre-school.

The researcher dealt with 20 parents and teachers in the school.

3.4 Sampling Size

This is a fraction of the target population. The researcher may want to deal with or incase it is not possible to work with the whole population.

The sample size was 40% of the parents and teachers which translated to 20parents.

3.5 Sampling Procedure

This is the process of the selecting the sample from the target population. The researcher applied simple random, sampling to select the 20 parents out of 50 parents in the school. The researcher gave all the people in the target population an equal opportunity to participate in this research.

3.6 Research Tools

The researcher collected data using various tools including questionnaires, observation checklist and interview schedule.

3.7 Study Area

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The research was carried out at Kileva Primary School, Voi division, Voi District. The school is located about 15 km from Voi town, some 3km from the main Mombasa-Nairobi highway on the foot hill of Sagalla.

The school is relatively small and has not had candidates for K.C.P.E.

The school was permanent and modern building courtesy of funding from, Kileva Foundation, government and other development parties. The school has a good play ground though very bare.

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The area surrounding the school has a high poverty presence and most of the people are peasant farmers and small scale pastoralists who mainly depend on charcoal burning as their main economic activities. The climate is hot and dry and as people depend on rain for agriculture. There has not been a good harvest for the past four years, making the already bad situation worse.

The pre-school has 1 teacher, who is not trained; the pre-school has a well developed learning areas and the teacher depend wholly on parents to pay school fees in order to get her salary.

3.8 Data Collection Analysis

This is the method the researcher used in collecting the data and interpreting the same. In this research, the researcher used questionnaires, interview schedule and observation checklists.

Most of the data was collected using questionnaires which were given out to respondents who filled in the relevant information. The researcher collected the questionnaires after an agreed upon period of time. Data analysis was done using frequency tables, pie charts, and bar grapes among others.

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