The influence of pedagogical training on motivation of secondary school teachers in Khwisero Sub-County, Kenya
Pedagogical training refers to the educational courses that a teacher does during training. It can also be referred to as the various courses that teachers take in such areas as instructional methods, learning theories, foundations of education and classroom management. Teacher training is an important component of education as it is through it that school teachers who are considered mentors of the society are prepared and produced. Motivation is the inner urge to do something, especially crucial to the long term growth of any educational system around the world. However, many teachers in Kenya are leaving the teaching frontline for jobs in other sectors. For this reason, the study sought to find out the influence of Pedagogical training on teacher motivation among secondary school teachers in Khwisero sub-county. The study was a descriptive survey on a sample of 120 teachers from 10 secondary schools in Khwisero sub-county who were selected using stratified random sampling. Structured questionnaires were used to obtain views on the influence of pedagogical training on teacher motivation. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics in the form of frequencies and percentages. The study established that although pedagogical training has influence on teacher motivation, there are other factors which equally play a role in teacher motivation. They include environmental, economic and sociocultural factors. The teachers indicated that they were satisfied with the fact that pedagogical training is a key factor in a teachers career as it impacts on his/her way of delivery of content, time management, use of learning resources, management of his learners and the general discipline as a teacher. It is from this that a teacher’s efforts are rewarded in relation to the good results of his students. This motivates him. The study recommends that the school administration, the teachers’ service commission and the ministry of education consider putting in place measures to enhance teacher motivation. This can be through salaries, allowances, rewards for good performance, retirement packages, good remuneration and the general environment in which the teacher teaches.