The Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Ipara Odeo on Tuesday 19th October 2021 presented scholarships to two postgraduate students to conduct research. The scholarships funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Project worth Ksh. 625,000 per researcher were awarded to Mr. Kennedy Amadi Omega, pursuing PhD in Education Management and Policy, and to Ms. Pamela Naswa Khaemba, pursuing a PhD in Education Planning and Management.
In addition, the University received research support equipment such as a projector, printer, laptops, pointers and hard disks.
These are part of the research Grant won by Kibabii University (KIBU) in conjunction with Dar-es-salaam University College of Education (DUCE), University of Zambia (UNZA) and HELVETAS Swiss Interco- operation on Strengthening Teacher Mentorship and Support through School Based In-service Teacher Training.
The project proposes an innovative practice-oriented teacher training approach through training of expert teachers, who will then introduce inclusive school-based teacher training to their respective schools. The approach is a combination of methods that improve teacher competences (thematic, didactic and pedagogical competence) through peer-to-peer learning, team teaching and model lessons. The other components of the approach are learner-centered teaching and inclusiveness with a focus on participation of all learners independent of their abilities and social background, and with attention for the needs of learners with disabilities and special needs.
Since May 2021, a team of researchers sampled out a total of 704 learners (342 boys and 362 girls) from 60 schools in Kakamega, Busia and Bungoma Counties. This is in addition to 238 teachers of Mathematics that have so far participated in the baseline survey.
The research team from Kibabii University is led by Prof. Julius. K. Maiyo. Other members include; Dr. Manasi Echaune, Dr. Muniri Muganda, Dr. Tecla Kirwa and Dr. Christine Nabwire Wanyama.