Factors Affecting Integration of Learners with Hearing Impairment in Regular P Ry Schools: A Case Study of Ngewa Zone, Kiambu Distrcict, Kenya.

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Kampala International University, College/School of Education
The study carried out an investigation on the challenges and factors that affect the education of the hearing-impaired learners in regular primary schools. The study was carried out from Ngewa zone, located in Kiambu District of Kenya. Available literature indicates that a number of factors ranging from the failure of teachers to recognize and appreciate the learning needs of these learners including the dehumanizing treatment that these learners do get from the hearing learners who are their counterparts as one of the most challenging school environments that affects their stay in school. The researcher applied a purely quantitative research design in presenting and interpreting the research findings. The technique of data collection used was mainly the use of questionnaires. Selection of the samples was based on a simple Random sampling procedure so as to give all the respondents equal chances of participating in the study. Research findings revealed that the challenges that affect the hearing-impaired learners among others include; communication barrier with their peers, the lack of hearing aids, discrimination at school by their counterparts without hearing problems, punishment by teachers, to mention. A number of measures have been drawn up basing on the researcher’s observation and ~conclusions of the research findings. These include among others: curriculum modification to suit the needs of the hearing impaired learners, parental and community support services, government intervention with the provision of hearing, and other learning equipments, more teacher training in sign language especially an effort that should be directed at seeing that KISE do train enough professionals in handling special needs.
A Research Report Submitted to The Institute of Open and Distance L Arn1ng For the Requirement for An Award of a Degree of Education in Special Needs of Kampala International University
Learners with hearing impairment, Regular Primary Schools