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Title: Perceptions of secondary school agriculture teachers on selected morale factors in Machakos District
Authors: Kimu, Agustinho Mwai
Keywords: Perceptions of secondary school agriculture teachers on selected morale factors in Machakos District
Issue Date: Aug-2000
Publisher: Egerton University
Abstract: Morale may be instrumental in motivating employees to remain and excel at work especially in teaching where student performance in examinations is a matter of national concern. Teachers, as an occupational group, sufifer from low morale due to perceived dissatisfaction with certain factors in the profession. This dissatisfaction leads to increasing teacher mobihty, turnover, or emotional withdrawal from the job. Teachers’ low morale compromises the teaching efficiency and consequently the students’ performance. Since agriculture is Kenya’s main economic activity, etficient teaching of the subject is important. Though teachers’ morale is likely to affect teaching effectiveness and students’ performance in the subject, little quantified data were available on how secondary school agriculture teachers perceived factors afiecting their morale. Such information if available would assist education administrators in their attempt to improve teachers’ morale, particularly in view of the fact that efforts to boost teachers’ morale have so far not been successful. The study was designed to identify relevant measures whose implementation would improve teachers’ morale which may be vital for attracting, maintaining and holding quality agriculture teachers, and by implication improving students’ performance. The study used a descriptive eorrelational research design to investigate the effects of selected factors and teachers’ personal characteristics on morale. Included in this study, conducted in Machakos District, were all agriculture teachers in the district. A questionnaire with closed-ended and open-ended items was used to gather data that were later analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics, after setting (L a ggagi at 0.05. Prior to administration, the questionnaire, developed by the researcher; was assessed and found to be content valid by a panel of experts with training and experience in agricultural education and extension, To determine its realibility, the questionnaire was pilot tested in the neighbouring Makueni District using a sample of 29 teachers.
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