The fate of pupils with emotional and behavioral disturbances in selected inclusive educational settings of uplands zone, Lari district in Kenya

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Muthuma Warigi, Lawrence
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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
This study was conducted in Uplands zone in Lari district of Kenya to examine the academic challenges faced by pupils with emotional and behavioral disorders. The study sought to understand why some children develop the emotional and behavioral disorders. The study looked into the family, the school and cultural background of these children. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used. The study utilized teachers as respondents, fifty of them were sampled from ten primary schools, randomly. The findings indicated that malnourished children exhibited behavioral disturbances more frequently than the rest. It was also established that those children who were autistic had more chances of being emotionally and behaviorally disturbance. Research established that some pupils had learned inappropriate behavior because of what is in their environment. The findings indicate that some children were imitating the bad behaviors of their adults, peers and the society. Findings in the study revealed that few teachers spent some time with the pupils with behavioral disturbance, counseling them (15). Very few encouraged the other children not to be rude to these pupils. A half of these teachers could spare time with these children helping them with their academic problems. Lastly a few teachers calmed down the pupils with emotional outbursts during their time of crisis. It was recommended that School is the place where children spend the largest portion of their time outside home. Therefore, it makes sense to observe carefully what takes place in schools in an effort to identify other events that may cause problem behavior.
A Research Report Submitted to Faculty of Education in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of Bachelor's Degree in Special Needs Education of Kampala International University
Pupils, Emotional and behavioral disturbances, Educational settings, Uplands zone, Lari district, Kenya