INFLUENCE OF INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS ON PERFORMANCE INLANGUAGE ACTIVITIES AMONG ECCDE CHILDREN WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENT. THE CASE OF KAAGA AND KAMATUNGU.
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This research project sought to assess the various methods of teaching employed by
teachers of ECCDE hearing impaired children. The study aimed at analyzing the
language performance by looking at the academic and professional qualification as well
as observing the methods of teaching used in the classes. Learners’ characteristics were
also considered in order to get a picture of any underlying factors that could in any way
have affected performance in language activities. The main objective of the study was to
identify and document the achievements of particular teaching methods and/or the
challenges that could be impacting negatively on (ECCDE) pupils with hearing
impairment. This was aimed at making recommendations for improving language
performance and more so academic performance of learners with hearing impairment.
The study used a qualitative study research design and the research instruments used
were questionnaires, observation checklist and documentary analysis. Data analysis was
done and a report presented. The study findings revealed that a lot needs to be done if at
all the academic performance of the ECCDE children with hearing impairment is to be
improved. Training of teachers of the deaf in ECE course was found to be very necessary
as well as putting in place early identification, screening/ assessment and academic
intervention of these children. Results also demonstrated that the most recent methods of
teaching the hearing impaired children have not been adopted by the teachers. Following
these findings the study recommends that more attention be focused on this section of
ECCDE in order to improve the academic performance of the hearing impaired. Teachers
handling ECCDE children with hearing impairment need to be highly trained and
qualified in both ECE and SNE. In addition to that, there should be workshops and insets
to update them on the emerging methods of teaching. Children should also be provided
with assistive devices quite early to enable them acquire language with ease.