Peer teacher support supervision and children’s literacy development in lower primary classes in Kisojo coordinating center- Kyankwanzi
Nnakalyowa Kiiza, Annet
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Education is one of the most important investment a country can make for its people and its future. Children’s literacy development is the basis in the formation of multi – educated personality. Early children’s literacy development contributes to the personal and national prosperity economically. In Uganda, the Ministry of Education and Sports has, of recent, adopted the Early Grade Reading model to enable children read and write at an early age. However, it is becoming clear that some teachers are less competent in crucial literacy development that is expected. So the best practice that can enable them effect this, is through peer support supervision.The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of peer teacher support supervision in developing children’s literacy in lower primary classes. The study specifically established how peer teacher coaching is being used to develop children’s literacy, investigated the influence of peer teacher demonstration lessons on children’s literacy development, established the relationship between peer teacher trainings and children’s literacy development.The study was conducted in the 23 Government aided schools of Kisojo Coordinating Centre- Kyankwanzi District. Headteachers, lower primary teachers, lower primary pupils and field support supervisors were included in the study. Cross sectional research design was used. Content analysis and descriptive statistics were used for data collected from interviews, observations and document analysis. Findings indicated that it was very much important for champion teachers to support and guide one another in lesson preparation and instructional material development as well as demonstrating to one another application of appropriate teaching techniques plus designing of literacy activities for successful children’s literacy development. It was also found that other factors that contribute to children’s literacy development be focused on. Therefore the study recommended for the District Inspectorate to put emphasis on those other factors in addition to peer teacher support supervision. Primary Teachers’ Colleges to emphasize the importance of peer teacher support supervision during teacher training and TIET department to ensure that the quality of training of lower primary teachers is done.