FACTORS INFLUENCING THE ENROLLMENT OF MALE STUDENTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TRAINING COLLEGES IN NAIROBI COUNTY, KENYA
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There has been a big shift in society toward men playing a greater role in the lives of young

children as fathers and male caregivers. However, it is not an easy choice for a man to decide to

become a teacher in today‘s world. The decision becomes even more difficult for a man to

commit to a career in early childhood education, which for many years has been considered the

domain of women. This study was conducted to explore factors influencing the enrollment of

male students in early childhood education training colleges in Nairobi County. Objectives that

will guided this study include: to establish the influence of family related factors on male

students to enrollment in early childhood education training colleges in Nairobi County, to

explore the influence of socioeconomic factors on male students to enrollment in early childhood

education training colleges in Nairobi County, to describe the influence of individual factors on

male students to enrollment in early childhood education training colleges in Nairobi County and

to determine the influence of personality factors on male students to enrollment in early

childhood education training colleges in Nairobi County. The benefits of this research findings

include revealed insights of male students participating in early childhood education programme

and therefore provide useful information to government agencies to lobby men into the

programme, serve as an encouragement to other male teachers in early childhood education

programme by shading light on some positive experiences of being a male teacher in early

childhood education and also provide essential information to decrease current deficiencies in the

body of research by contributing to the existing base of knowledge in this area, this study will

also help inform school administrators to provide an additional resource to encourage men who

are considering a career in early childhood education. The study used descriptive survey and

focused on male students pursuing a career in early childhood education teaching profession in

Nairobi County. For triangulation and hence validity and reliability, data was collected through

questionnaires and semi structured interviews, to establish factors influencing the enrollment of

male students in early childhood education training colleges in Nairobi County. Data analysis

was facilitated by use of Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software. The study used

both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Quantitative data included use of frequency tables and

percentages to present and summarize the information obtained while qualitative data included

responses from open ended question items analyzed in narrative form. Of the 45 questionnaires

disseminated, 40 questionnaires were duly filled and returned. In conclusion of factors

influencing enrollment of male students in early childhood education training colleges, family

responsiveness, family encouragement, provision of family information, family role models and

family commitment have the greatest influence. On socioeconomic factors, there is a great

influence of opportunity to earn better salary and opportunity for job promotion in early

childhood education field. On individual factors, love for children, becoming role models to the

boy child, prior experience with children and opportunity to further their professional skills are

of greatest influence on career choice of male students in early childhood education. On

personality factors, attitude towards teaching is of great influence on career decision, while

mental abilities, special skills in teaching, self image and sex were found to have a slight

influence on career decision of male students in early childhood education.