Social reinforcement and behavior disorder of the mild mentally challenged learners in public schools in Ainabkoi Division, Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
The study was about social reinforcement and behavior disorders among the mentally challenged learners in Ainabkoi division Uasingishu County. The problem of the study was that in the National Appraisals for primary schools development activities and academic performance in the year 2013, there was no school in Ainabkoi Division that appeared among the top 100 best schools country wide. It was guided by three objectives; to determine the extent of social reinforcement, to investigate the level of behavior disorders, and to establish if there is a relationship between social reinforcement and level of behavior disorders. The study employed descriptive correlation survey research design, using the quantitative and qualitative approaches. It employed a population of all 243 teachers in selected public primary schools in Ainabkoi Division. A sample size of 151 teachers was reached at using Slovenes formula. The researcher used the Adopted and standardized questionnaire from Robins, S. & David A. 2001 to collect data from the field and used quantitative data analysis, tabulation frequencies and percentages and means in data analysis. The study found out that male teachers are more than female ones, high level of social control was discovered as well as high level of behavioral disorders. The hypothesis between the study variables was rejected and its alternate accepted leading to the conclusion that there is a strong significant relationship between social control and behavioral disorders among mild mentally challenged learners in Ainabkoi Division primary schools. The study finally recommended that there is a strong need for Donor community to make provisions for the impaired children in the primary schools. The government and the stake holders need to give primary schools attention as far as facilities like special equipment for the impaired children. A clear cut policy should be put forward for Primary schools just like it has polices for the post-primary education.
A thesis submitted to the college of higher degrees and research in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of a Degree Master of Education in Special Needs of Kampala International University
Social reinforcement, behavior disorder, mentally challenged, public schools