Influence of Pre-School Education Environment on Children Socio-Emotional Developmental Skill in Dutsin-Ma Local Government Area of Katsina State, Nigeria

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Journal of Educational Research, Faculty of Education, Federal University, Dutsima, Katsina State


The study investigated the influence of pre-school education environment on children socioemotional developmental skill in Dutsin-Ma Local Government Area. Descriptive survey research design was employed. The sample size consisted of 25 pre-school centres and 250 pre-school children who were selected through simple random sampling technique. Pre-School Education Quality Rating Scale (PEQRS) and Children' Socio-emotional. Developmental Skill Rating Scale (CSEDSRS) were usedfor data collection. The reliability of PEQRS and CSEDSRS were determined through test-re-test using Pearson's Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) yielding reliability index of 0.74 and 0.77 respectively. Research question was analysed usingfrequency, mean and percentage. The hypotheses were tested using inferential statistics of linear regression and t-test. The finding reveals the quality of pre-school environment was low. The children's socio-emotional developmental skill was on the average. The result indicated significant influence of pre-school education environment (F 0,248) = 93.926, P < 0.05) on children socio-emotional developmental skill showing that there was a significant difference in children socio-emotional developmental skill on the basis of school type (t = 8.373; df= 248; P < 0.05). The study concludes that preschool environment was critical to children socio-emotional developmental skill. The study recommends that government and school proprietors should ensure pre-school environment is equips with all the necessary learning materials.



Pre-school education, Pre-school Education Environment, Children Socio- Emotional Developmental Skill, KG 2