ERIC Number: ED209150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Educational Research and Evaluation in Kenya: Future Directions.
Eshiwani, George S.
The main purpose of this study was to identify educational research that had been undertaken in Kenya between 1963 and 1980 and to categorize it under major educational issues. To collect data, questionnaires were sent to libraries and data gathering institutions, organizations, and agencies. Personal interviews were also conducted with staff and students at universities, the Ministry of Higher Education, and teachers' colleges. The author points out that one limitation of the study is that it does not analyze the quality of the research reported nor does it deal with problems of dissemination and implementation of the research findings. The results showed that the research concentrated on three main issues: teaching (24%), political education and social policies (23%), and student evaluation (19%). These three areas accounted for 66% of the total educational research undertaken in Kenya. Other issues with which the research dealt include the following: administration and educational development (10.7%); education and economic development (9.4%); access to education (7.2%); and communication (6.6%). The paper analyzes the research done under each of these issues and then discusses who carried out the research. The study indicated that there are four major categories of research needs and priorities that are considered necessary for Kenya. These are monitoring the system, evaluating educational innovations, identification of learning needs, and identification of basic problems in Kenyan education and their causes. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: This paper was orginally presented to the Educational Research Seminar/Workshop, University of Botswana and Swaziland (Gaborone, May, 1981). Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to broken and light print type throughout original document.