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Oketch, Moses – Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2019
To what extent, if at all, did the introduction of free primary education in Kenya in 2003 have positive equity effects, in terms of both access and achievement. Access is based on the number of candidates sitting the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination and the KCPE score is used to measure achievement levels. The study uses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Access to Education, Poverty
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Elder, Brent C.; Kuja, Bernard – International Journal of Inclusive Education, 2019
This paper is an extension of a prior research project where Kenyan primary school teachers began using inclusive education strategies that proved beneficial for meeting the needs of diverse primary school students. Specifically, this paper highlights a project where these inclusive practices were expanded to a second region of western Kenya. This…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Kiilu, Redempta M.; Mugambi, Lucy – African Educational Research Journal, 2019
Although education stakeholders agreed on achieving Education for All by 2015, high wastage rates in developing countries has remained a major concern. In Kenya, data shows that more than one million primary age children are still out school. In many countries, school feeding programmes has been used as one of the interventions to promote…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Wastes, Out of School Youth, Food
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Ng'asike, John Teria – International Review of Education, 2019
Despite setting high hopes on education, very few pastoral nomad children in Kenya transition from primary education to secondary education. This article argues that the national Kenyan compulsory formal curriculum fails to accommodate the needs of pastoralist communities. Literacy rates are particularly low among the Turkana people, pastoralist…
Descriptors: Migrants, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Secondary Education
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Kim, Young-Suk Grace; Piper, Benjamin – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2019
The linguistic interdependence hypothesis (Cummins, 1979, 2000) states that children's second-language (L2) proficiency is, to some extent, a function of their first-language (L1) competence. Previous studies have examined this hypothesis with focus on a unidirectional relation from L1 to L2. In the present study, we examined…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Reading Skills, Longitudinal Studies, African Languages
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Kiramba, Lydiah Kananu – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2019
This paper uses sociocultural theories of language learning to investigate how teachers and students navigate between monolingual institutional policies and the multilingual realities encountered in a rural Kenyan fourth-grade classroom. The paper addresses not only how learners' communicative repertoires are deployed to make meaning in a…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning
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Mose, Peter Nyakundi – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2019
Bilingualism characterizes people in linguistically heterogeneous settlements like Nairobi among other urban centres in Kenya. But the country is also predominantly rural (where you find people of a common language settled in one geographical rural region) in which mother tongues are primary means of communication. Children in lower primary in…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), African Languages, Native Language
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Vanner, Catherine – Education Sciences, 2019
This article introduces Stein, Tolman, Porche, and Spencer's concept of gender safety in schools (GSS) as a useful framework for providing a gendered analysis of safety and equality at the school level within the global context of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 goal of equitable, inclusive and quality education for all. This article…
Descriptors: School Safety, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Kim, Young-Suk Grace; Piper, Benjamin – Journal of Research in Reading, 2019
Background: We examined the component skills of reading comprehension (i.e., letter sound knowledge, syllable reading fluency, decoding fluency, text or oral reading fluency and listening comprehension) and their structural relations using data from three sub-Saharan African languages with transparent orthographies in a multilingual context.…
Descriptors: African Languages, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension
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Kariuki, Loise Wangechi; Njoka, Johannes Njagi; Mbugua, Zachariah Kariuki – European Journal of STEM Education, 2019
Performance in Mathematics among pupils in lower primary schools in Kenya is a problem that continues to be a concern to parents, teachers and stakeholders in education. Teacher related factors and in particular teacher preparedness has been cited as a major contributing factor to poor teaching methods which fundamentally translates to pupils'…
Descriptors: Teacher Influence, Teacher Student Relationship, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students
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Githaka, Priscah Wanjiku; Gachahi, Michael W.; Mwaruvie, John – European Journal of STEM Education, 2019
Social amenities in primary schools play an important role in the provision of quality education. Social amenities include play materials and sanitation facilities. This study aimed at examining the impact of social amenities on academic performance in primary schools in Gichugu Constituency, Kenya. The objectives of this study were to assess the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students, Academic Achievement
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Ndegwa, Alicia; Gutiérrez-Colón, Mar – African Educational Research Journal, 2019
Kenya has traditionally adopted a teacher-centred teaching methodology and is now aiming to make improvements by replacing this approach with an education system that is more child focused. The purpose of this study is to examine the Kenyan teaching system. It is an exploratory pilot study, which tries to establish whether governmental directions…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Pilot Projects, Student Attitudes
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Stern, Jonathan M. B.; Piper, Benjamin – RTI International, 2019
This paper uses recent evidence from international early grade reading programs to provide guidance about how best to create appropriate targets and more effectively identify improved program outcomes. Recent results show that World Bank and US Agency for International Development-funded large-scale international education interventions in low-…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Reading Programs, Program Design
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Odugu, Desmond I.; Lemieux, Camille N. – Language and Education, 2019
Despite advances in multilingual education (MLE) scholarship, education in most African societies remain characteristically congruent with colonial normative monolingual and transitional multilingual policies, which limit the use of native language(s) as media of instruction to early primary schooling. This contributes to poor educational and…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Educational Policy, African Languages, Elementary School Students
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Baum, Donald R.; Riley, Isaac – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2019
This paper estimates the relative effectiveness of private and public primary schools in Kenya using data from 4,433 Grade 6 schoolchildren. Using ordinary least squares as a baseline model, we use the proportion of private schools in a district as an instrument in a Heckman two-stage correction framework, as well as propensity score matching…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Grade 6, Elementary School Students, Public Schools
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