Stephen Amukune

Stephen Amukune
Pwani University · Curriculum Instruction and Educational Technology

Doctor of Education
School of Education, Pwani University, Kenya; MTA-MATE Early Childhood Research Group, Kaposvar, Hungary

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Introduction
@ Interests: Technology-based assessment, Game-based assessment of Approaches to Learning; School Readiness, Mastery Motivation; Executive Functions; @ Methods and techniques: SEM, Rasch model, R, SPSS, Python, @ Current consideration: Game-based assessment of Executive Functions, Mastery Motivation and academic skills
Additional affiliations
February 2007 - present
Pwani University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • I proceeded to PhD study leave at the University of Szeged, Hungary
Education
September 2018 - September 2022
University of Szeged
Field of study
  • Educational Science
December 2009 - August 2013
Kenyatta University
Field of study
  • Educational Technology

Publications

Publications (27)
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Despite progress in enrolment in most countries, preschoolers still face challenges before joining grade one prompting a critical understanding of child experiences during the preschool-to-school transition. This paper compares preschool-to-school transition characteristics in Kenya and Hungary based on six recurrent concepts in the theories of pre...
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Young children’s mastery motivation and neurodevelopmental evaluation can contribute to overall early assessment for early intervention evaluation. At present, children born preterm (<37 weeks gestation) and with a low birth weight (LBW; <2500 g) are at increased risk of experiencing de-velopmental delays and more nuanced cognitive and language cha...
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The study aims to investigate the severity of raters toward examinees' performances and to analyze biases subject to genders and academic majors based on the rater–examinee interactions. Data were collected across a 13-week research seminar course in English. Six raters were selected to rate 33 examinees using 18-item criteria. The many-facet Rasch...
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Children in transition to kindergarten face a myriad of challenges as they try to settle down in school. Some children overcome such challenges faster than others. Identifying such factors as potential targets for intervention strategies is critical. One possible factor is mastery motivation (MM), the ability to solve problems and master challenges...
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Learning motivation, self-handicapping, executive function, and school achievement are interre-lated variables affecting students’ intension of learning in higher education. However, many ed-ucators are unaware of the ability of these predictive variables and fail to encourage students’ further education. Therefore, with the aim of helping educator...
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Recent empirical research has demonstrated the importance of mastery motivation in child development. Therefore, it is essential to have valid and reliable instruments to measure this variable. The Dimensions of Mastery Questionnaires (DMQ 18) was validated in English, Hungarian, Chinese and Spanish. In this article, we evaluate the psychometric pr...
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Performance-based tools to assess school readiness domains such as Approaches to Learning are lacking in Low and Middle-Income Countries such as Kenya. This study aims to develop the Kenyan version of the FOCUS app (Finding Out Children's Unique Strengths), a game-like computer tablet assessment of two Approaches to Learning domains: mastery motiva...
Thesis
The overall goal of this study is to enhance school readiness assessment in Kenya by developing an easy-to-use tablet-based android app that can support teachers and learners during the assessment of Pre-academic skills, Mastery Motivation (MM) and Executive Functions (EF) in the Kenyan context. We operationalised MM and EF as components of Approac...
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Cross-national comparisons represent an avenue for investigating milestones achieved by one region that can help improve standards in another country. This study compares the development of executive functioning in Hungarian and Kenyan preschoolers as they prepare for school readiness. The study's cross-sectional design entailed sampling preschoole...
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Research has shown that the development of cognitive and social skills in preschool predicts school readiness in kindergarten. However, most longitudinal studies are short-term, tracking children’s development only through the early elementary school years. This study aims to investigate the long-term impact of preschool predictors, intelligence, a...
Conference Paper
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School readiness predicts both school and life success, so measuring it effectively is extremely important. Current school readiness tests focus on pre-academic skills; however, mastery motivation (MM: persistent, focus on trying to do a task, and executive functions (EF; planful self-control) are also crucial. The purpose of this paper is to provi...
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Precise assessment of school readiness is critical because it has practical and theoretical implications for children's school and life success. However, school readiness assessment mainly relies on teacher reports and a few direct evaluations requiring a trained examiner. Studies indicate that 80% of games and apps target preschool children and ed...
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Introduction. The current focus of empirical studies demonstrates the significance of mastery motivation in child development, academic achievement and school success. Consequently, it is critical to have reliable and valid tools to measure this important variable accurately. The Preschool version of the Dimensions of Mastery Questionnaire (DMQ) 18...
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Extant studies have reported the significance of Executive Functions(EF) in school readiness (Blair & Razza, 2007; McClelland et al., 2007), school success (Duncan et al., 2007), mental health (Diamond, 2005), physical health (Zelazo et al., 2016) and socio-emotional competence (Rhoades et al., 2009) of children. Correct assessment of EF is therefo...
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The Childhood Executive Functioning Inventory (CHEXI) was developed by Swedish researchers for rating EF skills among 4-12 year-old children. Today the CHEXI has been adopted and used in many studies internationally. This study aims to determine the psychometric properties of the (CHEXI) and the association of Executive Function (EF) skills with ac...
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Kenya adopted the Competency-Based Curriculum in 2017, and it is in the process of implementation for the rest of the classes. There has been concern among educational stakeholders on the best way forward. This system of education in terms of structure is very similar to the Finnish System of Education. We investigate the educational quality of the...
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Introducción. El enfoque actual de los estudios empíricos ha demostrado la importancia de la motivación de dominio en el desarrollo infantil, el rendimiento académico y el éxito escolar. En consecuencia, es fundamental contar con instrumentos confiables y válidos para medir con precisión esta variable crítica. La versión preescolar del cuestionario...
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This chapter provides data about evidence for the measurement reliability of DMQ 18, which builds on evidence from DMQ 17. There are several methods to assess measurement reliability: internal consistency, test-retest, interrater, and parallel forms. We end the chapter with an extended conclusion, which provides summary statements about evidence fo...
Presentation
Adaptation of Questionnaire and Task Measures into a different culture for Educational Assessment of 3- 8-year-old children Research has demonstrated that, if tools developed and normed from one culture are adopted to another without following proper adaptation procedures, they suffer from cultural hegemony and their results should be treated with...
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Adaptation of an Educational Measurement in Kenya
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The role of android apps in educational measurement
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Many initiatives regarding gender, education and equality have tended to focus on girls. This is understandable given the extent of the challenges that girls face. However the United Nations has recognised that boys and men have a significant role to play in addressing gender inequalities. Neglecting their place and point of view is detrimental and...
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This study aimed at finding out the perceived effect of social network browsing on learning behaviour of University students in Mombasa County of Kenya. A cross sectional survey research design was employed in this study. Colleges in Mombasa County were stratified into private and public university colleges. Two colleges from each stratum were sele...

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