A SURVEY OF THE AVAILABILITY AND UTILIZATION OF CURRENT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES IN THE TRAINING OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN KENYA’S UNIVERSITIES

Abstract

This study was a survey of the availability and the use of educational technologies in the training of teachers of English in Moi University. The objectives of this study were to: identify the availability of the needed educational technologies, factors leading to ineffective use, the extent to which they are acquired and used in the training of teachers of English.This study was based on two theories namely: Technology Acceptance Model (The User Acceptance of Information Technology) and the Behaviourist theory based on the Audio- Visual Method.  Technology acceptance model holds the principles that acceptance of technology is based on its relative advantage, compatibility, ease of use, triability and observability.  The Behaviourists theory is based on the Audio- visual method which considers learning as a reinforced behaviour.  It advocated that the more the common sense used to perceive information the better the retention of information.A descriptive survey research design was adopted.  This was utilized to collect detailed descriptions of existing modern educational technologies with intent of employing data to justify current conditions and practices. The study population included fourth year student teacher trainees of English education, four lecturers of English and Literature education, Head of the department of curriculum instruction and educational media and the senior media technician.Non probability sampling mainly purposive was used to sample all the respondents.  Questionnaires and interviews were used to collect data.  The results were analyzed using Descriptive statistics, which involved the use of frequencies and percentages. The findings of this study were: the University had few modern and old educational technologies required for the training of teachers of English, that effective training was limited by shortage of training materials, shortage of time, shortage of funds, limited  motivation, inadequate space, lack of collaboration between  the University and K. I. E in the recommendation of teaching resources, few number of lecturers compared to large number of students and finally the University was slow in implementing the policies in the strategic plan for the year 2005 to 2015.

 

Keywords: English Language, Information Technologies, Kenya's Universities, Teachers, Training


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