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Title: Students' Perception of the Effectiveness of the Methods Used to Enhance Discipline,in Public Secondary schools in Nyahururu Division,Laikipia West District,Kenya
Authors: Kaguamba, Gladys,Njeri
Keywords: Discipline in secondary schools
Issue Date: May-2009
Publisher: Egerton University
Abstract: Student discipline is very critical to the attainment of the desired learning outcomes such as gain in knowledge and skills, which are vital for the survival of an individual and the society at large. Many methods are used to enhance discipline in secondary schools. Among them are corporal punishment, guidance and counseling, psychological punishment and suspension from school. The use of corporal punishment in school was banned by the govemment and teachers were expected to use alternative methods. The opinion of the students of the effectiveness of the methods used was not sought. This is however a very important factor in determining the effectiveness of the methods when they are applied in schools. The main purpose of this study was to investigate students’ perception of the effectiveness of the methods used to enhance discipline in public secondary schools in Nyahururu Division; Laikipia West District The descriptive survey design was used for the study. Students fi'om public secondary schools in Nyahururu Division formed the population of study of 2497 students, from which a sample of 333 students were selected using proportionate sampling method. In each school stratified and simple random sampling technique was used with the grades and gender fomiing the strata. Data was collected using a self-administered student questionnaire; descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences Computer program was used. Results show that students perceived guidance and counseling methods as more effective in enhancing discipline compared to the other methods. The study also revealed that factors such as age, grade and type of school affected students perception of the effectiveness of the various methods. As age and grade increased perception decreased, while, in the schools which were not fully boarding the methods were perceived as more effective. From the study it is recommended that a good student—teacher relationship be cultivated in schools, and guidance and counseling be enhanced.
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