Teachers perception of learners with hearing impairment in an inclusive setting Limuru Zone Kiambu Kenya

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Kampala International University;College of Open and Distance Learning Education
A study on teacher's perceptions of learners with hearing impairment in an inclusive setting was carried out in Limuru Zone with the purpose of investigating teacher's perceptions of learners with hearing impairment the specific objectives of the study were to examine whether teachers have been trained to handle learners with hearing impairment. To establish whether teaching facilities are appropriate for an inclusive learning. To assess the rate of co-operation between children with hearing impairment and the "normal" children. The population studied consisted of 20 teachers. The methods used in the investigation were qualitative according to the nature of the research problem. Data was obtained from questionnaires and other documents such as textbooks. Findings from the study revealed that majority of teachers lack knowledge and skill to handle learners with hearing impairment since they are not conversant in sign language. It was also discovered that learners with hearing impairment do not co-operate with peers especially during group discussion as they tend to isolate themselves. Another discovery was that there were inadequate teaching and learning resources e.g. sign language text books, hearing aids, audiometer, hearing mould among others findings also revealed that in regular schools there were inadequate physical facilities like sound proof classroom, libraries, and flat playing grounds among others. It was also learnt that government of Kenya had not provided adequate teaching and learning resources and physical facilities to cater for learners with hearing impairment in regular schools. The following were recommended, Government of Kenya to take initiative to train and in-service teachers, provide adequate teaching and learning resources, give financial and material support, and assist in modification and adaptation of physical facilities. To guide and counsel parents, teachers, peers and all the stakeholders to accept and support learners with hearing impairment.
A research report presented to the Institute of Continuing and Distance Study in partial fulfillment of the Degree Bachelor of Education in Special Needs
Learners with hearing impairment, Inclusive setting, Kenya