Panel 2: Education

Presentation Title

Life After School: Expectations of Teachers and Students with Disabilities in Kenya

Degree Program

Graduate

Major

MACIE

Abstract

In my research, I investigated the perceptions Deaf education teachers have about the future success of their students and the dreams of the students themselves. I also examined if teachers and their students have similar expectations about the students’ success outside of school.

Research Site. I collected data at Kakuswi Special School for the Deaf (KSSD). KSSD is located in the Eastern province of Kenya. KSSD is a primary school that caters to the needs of Deaf individuals from nursery school to class eight.

Research Participants. There is a total of 18 participants: 10 students and 8 teachers. Students range from 7-9 grade. Teachers’ work experience range from 1-20+ years.

Data Collection. Teachers were interviewed between 18-45 minutes and asked about their educational background, previous experiences they have had with people with disabilities outside of the classroom, and their perceptions of students’ lives after they finish schooling.

All students participants underwent approximately 30-minute interviews. Students created pictures that were used to help students identify their personal, educational, and employment aspirations Students were asked to describe the jobs, relationships, living environments, and goals they desire for themselves.

Data Analysis. Teachers also reported that their students will be able to participate in secondary school, university, or vocational programs, as well as indicated that students will be able to form significant platonic and/or romantic relationships as they grow up.

Students reported interest in careers that they have been exposed to and have demonstrated some level of success at. Students also expressed interest in marrying and having a family. While students had similar ideas of the kind of family they wanted, they were split on wanting a partner or children with a disability.

Start Date

8-2-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

8-2-2019 10:15 AM

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Life After School: Expectations of Teachers and Students with Disabilities in Kenya

In my research, I investigated the perceptions Deaf education teachers have about the future success of their students and the dreams of the students themselves. I also examined if teachers and their students have similar expectations about the students’ success outside of school.

Research Site. I collected data at Kakuswi Special School for the Deaf (KSSD). KSSD is located in the Eastern province of Kenya. KSSD is a primary school that caters to the needs of Deaf individuals from nursery school to class eight.

Research Participants. There is a total of 18 participants: 10 students and 8 teachers. Students range from 7-9 grade. Teachers’ work experience range from 1-20+ years.

Data Collection. Teachers were interviewed between 18-45 minutes and asked about their educational background, previous experiences they have had with people with disabilities outside of the classroom, and their perceptions of students’ lives after they finish schooling.

All students participants underwent approximately 30-minute interviews. Students created pictures that were used to help students identify their personal, educational, and employment aspirations Students were asked to describe the jobs, relationships, living environments, and goals they desire for themselves.

Data Analysis. Teachers also reported that their students will be able to participate in secondary school, university, or vocational programs, as well as indicated that students will be able to form significant platonic and/or romantic relationships as they grow up.

Students reported interest in careers that they have been exposed to and have demonstrated some level of success at. Students also expressed interest in marrying and having a family. While students had similar ideas of the kind of family they wanted, they were split on wanting a partner or children with a disability.