Prof. Fred Nyabuti Keraro, Ph.D
Professor of Science Education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Educational Management.
Coordinator Instructional Materials Development Dept & Teacher Education Dept, College of Open & Distance Learning, Egerton University
P.O. Box 536-20115
PhD (Science Education)
Egerton University, Kenya
M.Ed (Science Education)
The University of Leeds, UK
Advanced Diploma (Educational Studies)
The University of Leeds, UK
University of Nairobi, Kenya
East African Advanced Cert of Education (A Level)
Dagoretti High School, Nairobi
East African Certificate of Education (O Level)
St. Paul’s Gekano Sec. School, Nyanza
Certificate of Primary Education
Amabuko Pri. School, Nyanza
Title of Certificate
Examinations Item Writing
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC)
Instructional Systems Design, Development and Evaluation
African Council for Distance Education &National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
Corporate Governance and Strategic Planning
Implementation of ISO 9001: 2000. Quality Management Systems
Kenya Bureau of Standards
Leadership, Corporate Governance, Strategic Planning & Institutional Management
Ashley Consultants Ltd
Distance Learning Material Development
University of South Africa (UNISA)
Federation of Kenya Employers
Professor of Science Education
March 2008- September, 2013
Associate Professor of Science Education
Dec 2002–Feb 2008
Senior Lecturer, Curriculum, Instruction & Instructional Management Dept, Egerton University
April 1998- Nov 2002
Lecturer, Curriculum & Instruction & Instructional Management Dept, Egerton University
July 1994 – March 1998
Assistant Lecturer, Curriculum & Instruction & Instructional Management Dept, Egerton University
Nov 1990- June 1994
Assistant Lecturer, Teachers Service Commission ( Kisii Teachers College)
July 1984 – October 1990
Tutor, Teachers Service Commission ( Asumbi Teachers College)
April 2012 - Present
· Co-ordinator, Instructional Materials Development & Teacher Education, College of Open & Distance Learning, Egerton University.
January 2005 – present
· Co-ordinator, Instructional Materials Development, College of Open & Distance Learning, Egerton University
Nov. 2005– Present
· Coordinator Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa (TESSA) Project in Egerton University
June 2004 – October 2004 and January 2005 – present
· Member of CODL/FEDCOS Consultative Committee for SSP – School Based Programmes (
August – October 2008
· Acting Director College of Open and Distance Learning
August 2006 – July 2007
· Acting Co-ordinator Teacher Education Programmes
Feb. 2005 –May 2006
· Acting Director, College of Distance Education, Egerton University
June 3rd – October 5th 2004
· Acting Co-ordinator Teacher Education, Programmes, College of Open & Distance Learning, Egerton University
June 2003 – Feb 2005
· Postgraduate Tutor Department of Curriculum and Instruction
August 2003 – Feb. 2005
· Co-ordinator B.Ed (Science), School Based Programmes
Key Research Projects
2009 - 2011
· Improving Pupils’ Cultural Interpretations of Scientific Phenomena
– Funded by the National Council for Science and Technology, Kenya
2011/2012 Academic year
- The Readiness for sustainable and successful use of OERs in Higher Education in Kenya: A case study of Egerton University (2011/2012)
– Funded by the Olnet Project, Open University, UK.
Selected Publications (2006 – Present)
(a) Journal Articles
Keraro, F. N, Okere M. O & Anditi Z (2013) Cultural influence on pupils’
understanding of conception, birth of twins and sex determination in Kenya.
International Education Studies Vol. 6, No. 5, p11-22
Okere, M O., Keraro, F. N. & Anditi, Z (2013) Pupils’ Cultural Interpretations of
Causes of rainbow in Kenya. Journal of Education and Social Research
Vol. 3 (1), p169 – 177
Okere, M. O, Keraro, F. N & Anditi, Z (2012) “Cultural
Interpretations of Causes of Lightning by Pupils from Ten Ethnic
Communities in Kenya”. Global Research Journal on Mathematics and
Science Education, Vol. 1 No. 2 p 99-117
Okere, M. O, Keraro, F. N & Anditi, Z (2012) "Pupils’ Beliefs in
Cultural Interpretations of ’Heat’ associated with Anger: A Comparative
Study of Ten Ethnic Communities in Kenya", European Journal of
Educational Research Vol. 1 No. 2, p143 - 154.
Wolfenden, F; Buckler, A & Keraro, F (Spring, 2012). OER Adaptation and re-use
across cultural contexts in Sub Saharan Africa: lessons from the TESSA
consortium. Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME) Special
Ongowo, R. O, Keraro, F. N. & Okere, M. O (2011) Concept Mapping: an
Interactive Teaching Strategy that Enhances Active Learning and Students’
Achievement in Biology. Journal of Education & Pedagogy Vol. III, No. 2
pp 1 – 12
Joab M. Kinzi, Aggrey M.Sindabi, Briston E. E.Omulema & Fred N. Keraro(2011)
The Correlate between Interest and Achievement in Sciences among
Secondary School Students in Kenya. Kenya Journal of Guidance,
Counseling and Psychology Vol. 1 No. 1. Pp159 – 168
Ongowo, R. O, Keraro, F. N. & Okere, M. O (2011) Effects of Concept Mapping
Teaching Strategy on Students’ Attitude towards Learning Biology. Kenya
Journal of Educational Planning and Development. Vol. 3 No. 3 p. 11-18
.Shihusa,H. & Keraro, F. N (2009) Using advance organizers to enhance student’s
motivation in learning Biology: A case of Bureti district, Kenya. Eurasia
Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. Vol. 5 (4)
P 413 – 420
. Keraro F. N., Wachanga S. W. & Orora W (2007). Effects of Co-operative Concept
Mapping Teaching Approach on Secondary School Students’ Motivation
in Biology in Gucha District, Kenya. International Journal for Science
and Mathematics Education Vol. 5 No. 1. P 111-124
Keraro, F. N. & Shihusa, H. (2005) Effects of Advance Organizers on Students’
Achievement and Motivation in Biology: A Case of Bureti District,
Kenya. Journal of Technology and Education in Nigeria Vol. 10 No.2.
Orora W, Wachanga, S. W. & Keraro F. N. (2005) Effects of Co-operative Concept
Mapping Approach on Secondary School Students’ Achievement in Biology
in Gucha District, Kenya. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research.
Vol. 17 No. 1. P. 1-18
Keraro F. N., Okere M. I. O., Mondoh H. O. (2004) The Relationship between
pupils’ mastery of the language of instruction and achievement in science.
Journal of Technology and Education in Nigeria Vol. 9 No. 2. P 8 – 13.
. Keraro F. N., Okere M. I. O., Mondoh H. O. (2004) Cultural influence on the
acquisition of science concepts and skills: A comparative study of pupils
from four cultural communities in Kenya. Journal of Technology and
Education in Nigeria, Vol. 9 No. 1 P 1 – 10
Keraro F. N., Okere M. I. O., Mondoh H. O. (2004) Nature and quality of teacher –
pupil interaction in primary science lessons; A constructivist perspective.
Journal of Technology and Education in Nigeria Vol. 9. No. 1 P 19 – 32.
(b) Book Chapters
Keraro, F. N & Okere, M. I. O. (2009). Cultural Influences on the Learning of
Science: An African Perspective. In Larson, J. E (Ed).
Educational Psychology: Cognition and Learning, Individual
Differences and Motivation. New York, Nova Science Publishers Inc.
Keraro, F. N. (2008). Personal Verification: The Risk of Education. In Sanna, P.et
al ( Eds). Education and Reality. Reflections on Luigi Giussani’s book
The Risk of Education. Nairobi, Fondazione AVSI & Kenyatta
Supervision of Postgraduate Students
(a) PhD Students
Title of Thesis
Joab M. Kinzi
Intrinsic Drives and Science Achievement in Secondary Schools: A case of Western and Nyanza provinces, Kenya
( b) Masters Students
Title of Thesis/Project
David O. Omae,
Factors Affecting Utilization of Selected Teaching/Learning Resources in Public day Secondary Schools in Nyacheki Division, Nyamache District, Kisii County, Kenya
To Graduate Nov/Dec, 2013
Joseph A. Abongo
Impact of SMASSE INSET on Biology Teachers’ Pedagogical Skills and Attitudes Towards Teaching Biology in Rachuonyo South District, Homabay County
Peter N. Macharia
Influence of SMASSE INSET on Biology Teachers’ Classroom Practice, Attituedes, and Students’ Achievement in Nyandarua County Secondary Schools, Kenya.
Ken N. Nyachae
Factors Influencing Students’ Strikes in Secondary Schools in Etago Division, South Gucha District, Kenya
The Role of Gender Stereotyping in Science Achievement Among Primary School Pupils in Nakuru Municipality, Kenya
Elizabeth W. Murithi
Challenges Principals Face in Enhancing Student Discipline in Secondary Schools in Tigania District, Kenya
Richard O. Ongowo
Effects of Concept Mapping Teaching Strategy on Students’ Achievement and Attitude in Secondary School Biology in Bondo District, Kenya.
Beatrice A. Nyakan
Teachers’ Perceptions on the Effects of HIV/AIDS Pandemic on Schooling among primary School Pupils in Rachuonyo District, Kenya.
Mutisya S. Muteti
An Evaluation of the Achievement of Primary Schools Environmental Education Objectives, Central Division, Narok North District, Kenya.
Namasaka, F. Wafula
Effects of Concept Mapping and Vee Mapping Strategy on Students’ Motivation and Achievement in Biology in Secondary Schools in Uasin-Gishu District, Kenya.
November , 2009
Simon M. Kiarie
Influence of Teachers’ Perceptions and Competences on Students’ Achievement and Perception in Environmental Education in secondary School Biology in Gilgil Division, Nakuru District, Kenya.
David K. Gitau
Achievement and Motivation on the Classification of Living Organisms in Biology in Nakuru District, Kenya
Effects of Advance organizers on Secondary School Students’ Achievement and Motivation in Biology: A Case of Bureti District, Kenya.
Effects of Co-operative Concept Mapping teaching Approach on Students’ Achievement and Motivation in Secondary School Biology: A Study of Selected Schools in Gucha District, Kenya
The Extent to which the Science Process Skill of Investigating is used in Biology Practical work: A Comparative Study of Selected Secondary Schools in Nyandarua District, Kenya
The Influence of Practical Science Process Skills on Students’ Gender Disparity in Performance and Enrolment in Secondary School Physics: the Case of Nakuru, district Kenya
(a) Masters Theses/Project
Title of Thesis
Headteachers’ Perception on the Relationship between Selected Factors and Internal Efficiency of Public Secondary Schools in Bureti District, Kenya
Effects of Jigsaw Cooperative Learning Strategy on Students’ in Secondary School Mathematics in Laikipia East District, Kenya
Influence of Selected Factors on Access, Equity and Quality of Early Childhood
Development and Education Programmes in Public Pre- Schools in Bomet District, Kenya
Influence of Gender, Attitude and Science Anxiety on Performance of Secondary School Students in Bungoma District, Kenya
Effects of Free Primary Education Implementation on Quality of Teaching: A Comparative Study of Public and Private Schools in Kisii Central District, Kenya
Effects of Mastery Learning Approach on Secondary School Students’ Achievement, Motivation and Self Concept in Physics, Kieni East Division of Nyeri District, Kenya.
A Comparative Study of Academic Performance of Secondary School Students Formerly in Public and those in Private Primary Schools in Nyandarua District, Kenya
Religious Influence on Teaching and Learning in Selected Secondary Schools within Kisumu City, Kenya
Effects of concept Mapping Strategy on Students’ Conceptualization of Surds and Logarithmic Notations in Mathematics. A Case of Secondary Schools in Nakuru District, Kenya
Effects of Concept mapping Teaching Strategy on Students Creativity in Secondary School Physics in Nyando District, Kenya.
Influence of Intellectual and Cultural Environments on Students’ Conception of the Topic Heat in Secondary School and University Physics Education.
Membership to Professional Associations
A member of Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa(OSSREA)
Association of Science Educators(ASE)
African Council for Distance Education (ACDE)