Attitude of regular learners towards integration of the hearing impaired learners in regular schools in Starehe division Nairobi, Kenya.

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Kampala International University. College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
This study investigated the attitudes of regular learners towards integration of the hearing impaired learners in regular schools in Starehe Division, Nairobi. The study was based on the three schools in Starehe Division that have units for the deaf children. The subjects of the study were all learners from class five to class eight in the three schools namely; Racecourse, Juja Road and Pangani Primary schools. These three schools represented twenty five schools in Starehe Division. The researcher devised questionnaires that contained the profile of the respondents in respect to class, gender and age, the learners’ knowledge and understanding about integration, opinions towards learning of hearing impaired children and ways for a positive attitude towards integration of the deaf. The questionnaires were pretested by fellow teachers. The questionnaires were given out to the sampled learners and filled together, a question at a time with the researchers’ guidance. After collecting all the questionnaires, data presentation analysis and discussion are done. The researcher has commented own findings and views of the outcome of every question. This study shows that learners in the whole Starehe Division exhibit positive attitudes towards the deaf learners but they lack knowledge of how to socialize, communicate or help them. Most learners are positive with integration deaf learners into regular schools; so a lot of sensitizing needs to be done and also programms for teaching sign language should be organized.
A study paper submitted to the Institute of Continuing Distance Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of Degree in Special Needs Education at Kampala International University
Hearing impaired, Regular schools, Learners