Content Vol. 2 N 3, 2016
 

Pages 144 - 195



Assessment of use of human resource procurement policies in procurement and management of human resources in Kenyan universities; Leonard Jaber, Maria Onyango, N. B. Okelo; Inter. J. Acad. Stud.  2(3):(2016)144-150

Abstract:
Human Resource Procurement Management (HRPM) entails Strategic human capital management, knowledge management, organization resourcing and development. It is a strategic, integrated and coherent approach to employment, development and management of the people working in organizations. It anchors on behavioural sciences and from strategic management, human capital and industrial relations theories. HRPM aims at increasing organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Effective implementation of HRPM policy enhances work environment for human capital resource optimization. In this paper, an assessment of HRPM is outlined.

Key words:
Human Resource; Procurement; Management Policy; Data mining.


Assessment of effects of customer focus on the quality of service delivery – a case of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology; B. A. Ohanga, Maria Onyango, N. B. Okelo; Inter. J. Acad. Stud.  2(3):(2016)151-166

Abstract:
This study focused on the extent to whichQuality Management System (QMS) affected quality service delivery in the University as opposed to the impact of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification onthe university management system. The study assessed the effect of QMS on service delivery at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST). In particular, the research assessed the effects of customer focus on the quality of service delivery in Kenyan Universities.

Key words:
Customer focus; JOOUST; Service delivery; Quality; ISO 9001.


Assessment of developmentally appropriate learning activities pre-school of learners in pre-school centres, Kendu zone, Rachuonyo north sub county, Kenya; John O. Nyamburi, Benson C. Odongo, Peter J. Aloka; Inter. J. Acad. Stud.  2(3):(2016)167-174

Abstract:
Despite the fact that teachers have a responsibility of imparting relevant and useful knowledge, skills and values to the learners, teachers need to employ best practices to enable them model learners to realize their full potentials in life at formative stages. However, studies indicate that many preschool teachers do not apply best practices in their schools. Hence, the study established perception of Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) teachers on best practices in public pre-schools in Kendu Zone, Rachuonyo North Sub County. The aim of the study was to establish developmentally appropriate learning activities/tasks pre-school teachers engage learners in pre-school centres in Kendu Zone, Rachuonyo North Sub county. It was also found that almost all the teachers engaged their preschool learners in mathematics /science /music/ counting and creative activities. On singing of alphabetical letters, most of the preschool teachers engaged their 3-4 years old in singing letters of the alphabet. The study also found that most of the respondents strongly agreed that group activities improved performance of pre-school learners. Further, majority of the respondents strongly agreed that regular inspection and adequate playground maintenance and properly organized supervision of children in the playground enabled preschool children to effectively participate in outdoor activities.

Key words:
Development; Learning activities; Pre-school; Teachers.


Examinination of modes of communication employed by pre-school teachers at pre-school level in Kendu zone, Rachuonyo north sub county, Kenya; John O. Nyamburi, Benson C. Odongo, Peter J. Aloka; Inter. J. Acad. Stud.  2(3):(2016)175-187

Abstract:
Given the teacher’s responsibility to impart knowledge and skills to children, teacher’s best practices is a vital matter that should start with the pre-school teachers since the ECDE sector is in charge of developing the young children holistically and also care and nourish all the dimensions of young children’s life. Firm foundation for adulthood is laid in early years of between birth to eight years of age hence every stakeholder in the society should treat this issue with the seriousness it deserves. The aim of the study was to examine the mode of communication that preschool teachers employ at pre-school level and to determine the form of assessment administered by preschool teachers at preschool level in Kendu Zone, Rachuonyo North Sub county. The study was informed by Albert Bandura Socio-cognitive theory. The study adopted descriptive survey design. The study targeted a total population of 60 preschool teachers and 20 head teachers. Using saturated sampling technique, the study sampled all the 60 pre-school teachers and 20 headteachers. The study used questionnaires and interview schedules to collect data. Validity was ensured by expert judgment by the university lectuers while reliability was tested by internal consistency method and an index of 0.7513 was reported. The quantitative data was analyzed through descriptive statistics while qualitative findings were thematically analyzed. The study found that majority of the preschool teachers in Rachuonyo sub-county adopted both verbal and non-verbal communication modes in their practice.

Key words:
Development; Mode of communication; Pre-school.


Influence of leadership styles on staff retention in state corporations in Kisii county, Kenya; Ibrahim Ngoge Gekonde, Maria Anyango, N. B. Okelo; Inter. J. Acad. Stud.  2(3):(2016)188-195

Abstract:
In Kisii County, there is low productivity and employee performance in most of the state corporations. Further, a large number of managers operate in the organizations without keen interest on their actions on retention of staff in the state corporations. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of leadership styles on retention of staff in state corporations in Kisii County, Kenya. The specific objectives of the study were be: to find out the leadership styles used in state corporations, to determine the level of staff retention in state corporations and to establish the influence of leadership styles on staff retention in state corporations in Kisii County. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The target population consisted of seven state corporations in Kisii County; seven (7) managers/ principals, seven (7) Heads of Departments and 726 employees in the state corporations. This study employed purposive sampling and simple random sampling techniques to select the sample. Purposive sampling was also used to sample key informants like the managers/principals and Heads of Departments of the institutions. Simple random sampling was used to select the employees in the state corporations. Sample size for the employees was determined in accordance with Morgan matrix. Questionnaires and interview schedules were used to collect data from respondents. The reliability and validity of the outcome of this study were ensured. In this study both qualitative and quantitative data was analyzed. The results show that Transactional leadership style and situational leadership style were equally and commonly used by the management of state corporations in Kisii County. Transformational leadership style was rarely used by the management of state corporations in Kisii County. Collaborative leadership style was also second least used leadership style by state corporations’ management. The findings may assist policy makers to come up with strategies of sensitizing other stakeholders and managers on successful management. The study findings may enable managers and their Heads of Departments to improve on their leadership styles to retain the staff.

Key words:
Influence; Leadership styles; Staff retention; State corporations.


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