The history and evolution of human resource development (HRD) in Kenya as it relates to technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

Author: Mosoti, Zachary Mumbo

Awarding University: University of Minnesota, USA

Level : PhD

Year: 2006

Holding Libraries: Dissertation Abstracts International ;

Subject Terms: Education ; Technical education USE Vocational education ; Vocational education ; Human resource management ;

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Abstract:

This was a study of the history and evolution of human resource development (HRD) in Kenya as it relates to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) from pre-colonial days to 2005. The purposes of the study were to: (1) Identify the definition of HRD as derived and used in Kenya. (2) Trace the history of HRD in Kenya as it relates to TVET since pre-independence years to 2005. (3) Describe the evolutionary patterns of HRD in Kenya and how it relates to TVET. (4) State the impact and status of HRD in Kenya as it relates to TVET through the years since pre-colonial period to 2005. The author used an historical methodology to review and discuss the history, definition, evolution, and state of HRD in Kenya and how it relates to TVET. Using this methodology, the study delved into HRD policies and strategies used by the government of Kenya to advance its TVET programs. As the field of HRD continues to grow in all countries, it is not easy to trace the historical background, definitions, status, and focus on the field in many of the young economies like Kenya. This study examined HRD in Kenya, its emergence and historical development and showed how it has influenced the development of education and training organizations. The government of Kenya had, therefore, encouraged the existence of a national structure of government agencies and organizations that contribute to the evolution and status of HRD in Kenya and made education and training center piece of its development agenda. The government had also liberalized and restructured the economy for purposes of strengthening the role of HRD in Kenya. Finally the author established the bond between HRD and TVET in Kenya by providing the patterns derived from the history of HRD, strategies, policies and practices as it relates to TVET since pre-colonial period and posited the functions of Kenya's HRD system. In addition, from the interviews, the author provided a definition of HRD provided by Kenyans themselves.