Teachers’ Attitudes towards the Use of Instructional Resources in Teaching of the Novel

Rotumoi Joseph, Lydia Cheruto Kipkoech


This study set out to investigate the varieties of instructional materials that are available and used for teaching
the novel in selected secondary schools in Baringo District. The research was guided by Piaget's Cognitive
Theory which has laid a strong case for the use of instructional media in instruction as it facilitates
understanding of literary concepts and ideas. The study is a descriptive survey which was concerned with
making accurate assessment of incidence, distribution and relationship of phenomena. Stratified random
sampling was used to select the 12 secondary schools from which two form 3 and 4 literature teachers were
selected to participate in this research. Descriptive data was collected by administering questionnaires and
observing teachers during literature lessons. Evidence and deduction from data analysis revealed that most of
the schools had some of the recommended novels but very few of the non-book instructional materials for
teaching the subject. In addition, financial and administrative support was not easily obtainable and the novel
was taught through verbal presentation. Recommendations are made with respect availability and use of
instructional resources relevant for teaching the novel and the establishment of National and District
instructional media Resource Centres.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ells.v4n3p58

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