Motivation and performance of learners with special needs in primary schools: a case study of Riana Division, Homa-Bay District Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
The purpose of the study was to determine the effects of motivation and academic performance of slow learners in selected learners in Riana Division, Homa-Bay Kenya. The specific objectives were to determine the problems faced by the slow learners in Riana division, establish the characteristics of slow learners, and determine the major courses of learning difficulties in Riana division and to establish the intervention measures which can be taken to overcome learning difficulties in the zone. The methods used for data collection were face to face interviews, questionnaires for regular teachers and head teachers of various schools in Riana division. The data collected revealed that motivation of slow learners by parents and teachers led to improvement in academic performance of slow learners in Riana division. The parents, community and teachers, should be sensitized and encouraged to motivate slow learners in order for them to exploit their full potential. The researcher further recommends that the zonal education office should hold regular meetings with head teachers to sensitize them the importance of motivating slow learners and maintaining them in regular and special schools in Riana division as they can become useful members of the family and the larger society.
A research proposal submitted to the Institute of Continuing and Distance Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Sne) Of Kampala International University
Learners, Special needs, Motivation, Performance