School of Education,Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Leonard Kamau


Education/Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Mathematics Education, Syracuse University, New York USA, May 11th, 2014
  • Master of Arts, Mathematics, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859, USA, December 15th 2001
  • Bachelor of Education(Science), Mathematics, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, October 1999

Appointment as a Lecturer

  • Mount Kenya University, 1st January 2015
  • South Eastern Kenya University, 3rd September 2015

Professional Experience-Internal Examiner for Ph.D. Theses

  • Internal Examiner for Githaka Mwangi, South Eastern Kenya University. Thesis Title: Influence of educational subsidies on completion rates in public day secondary schools in Kitui County, Kenya 28th March 2018. Hence appointed thesis correction supervisor
  • Internal Examiner for Angelina Muli, South Eastern Kenya University. Thesis title: Factors influencing integration of information and communication and technology in the management of public schools, Kitui County, Kenya 8th March 2017. Hence appointed thesis correction supervisor.

Leadership and Responsibilities

  • Chairman: Department of Educational Communication and Technology, South Eastern Kenya University, September 2015 to now
  • Acting. Chairman: Department of Educational Foundations, South Eastern Kenya University, February 2016 to January 2018
  • Ag. Dean: School of Education, South Eastern Kenya University, between June and July, 2017
  • Acting Dean: School of Education, South Eastern Kenya University, August 19th to August 23, 2016
  • Team Leader for Bachelor Education (Arts) program, South Eastern Kenya University
  • Departmental Library Resources Coordinator, Mt. Kenya University, June 2015 to September 2015
  • Examinations Coordinator, Mt. Kenya University, 1st June, 2015 to 1st September, 2015
  • Former director of International Students Concerns for the National Association of Graduate Professional Students (NAGPS) 2012, USA.
  • University Senator for the Graduate Students Organization (GSO) since 2011, Syracuse

University Committee Membership

  • Member of SEKU Corruption Control Committee (CPC) since July 2016.
  • Member of SEKU Board of Post Graduate Studies since July 2017
  • Senate Ad-hoc Committee on promotions 21st March, 2018
  • Member of the tender opening committee for the proposed construction of Wote and Kitui campuses and College of Humanities on 27th January, 2017
  • Member of Students’ Welfare committee since 1st March, 2018

Capacity Building

  • Developed instructional materials for a Pedagogical Training for South Eastern Kenya university academic staff and trained academic staff on: A Portrait of Knowledge for Teaching: Lesson planning, Lesson Implementation, and Assessment for Learning, 2016
  • Developed training pedagogical materials for academic staff at Mt. Kenya University, Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Trained South Eastern Kenya University staff on Corruption Prevention, Ethics and Integrity on 5th April 2017 and 21st March 2018

Research Publications-Confirmed

  1. Kamau, L. M. (2012). Pre-service Secondary School Teachers' Understanding of the Inverse Function Concept. Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2012 Research Pre-session, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, PA, USA. Retrieved from
  2. Kamau, L. M. (2014). Mixed Methods Research: A Practical Guide for Researchers and Graduate Students. Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany.
  3. Kamau, L. M. (2014). The future of ICT in Kenyan schools from a historical perspective: A review of the literature. Journal of Education and Human Development, 3(1), 105-118.
  4. Kamau, L. M. (2014). Applying Rogers' diffusion of innovations theory in secondary mathematics teaching in Kenya. Journal of Education and Practice, 5(17), 19-30.
  5. Kamau, L. M. (2014). Technology adoption in secondary mathematics teaching in Kenya: An explanatory mixed methods study (Doctoral dissertation, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY)
  6. Ogembo, J. O., Kamau, L. M., Nduati, S. C., Monyoro, W. M. (2016). Influence of Personal Teacher Efficacy on Selection of Teaching Methods in Secondary Schools in Kwale County, Kenya. International Journal of Humanities Social Sciences and Education, 3(3), 1-9.
  7. Kamau, L. M., Kimani, P., & Muthoni, P. (2016). Factors that Influence Teachers’ Perceptions of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) in Mathematics Teaching in Kenyan Secondary Schools. International Journal of Education and Practice, 4(4), 154-166.
  8. Samuel, S. M., Mulwa, D. M., Migosi, J., & Kamau, L.M. (2017). Influence of School-based Factors on Educational Wastage in Public Secondary Schools in Machakos County, Kenya. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. 7(1), 257-262.
  9. Samuel, S. M., Mulwa, D. M., Migosi, J., & Kamau, L.M. (2017). Home based Factors and Educational Wastage in Public Secondary Schools in Machakos County, Kenya. International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies, 5(2), 116-119.
  10. Muthoka, B., Mulwa, J., & Kamau, L.M. (2017). Influence of instructional resources on implementation of primary school curriculum in Nguu Division, Makueni County, Kenya. The Cradle of Knowledge: African Journal of Educational and Social Science Research, 5(1), 2017.
  11. Kibwea, W. M., Mwania, J. M., & Kamau, L. M. (2017). Influence of child headed family formations on the development of interpersonal relations among pre-school learners in Musengo zone, Kitui west sub-county, Kitui county-Kenya, Scholarly Research Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies, 4(37), 8583-8592.
  12. Njue A. K., Kamau, L.M., & Mwania, J.M. (2018). Effects of Vee Heuristic Teaching Approach on Secondary School Students’ Attitudes Towards Biology In Kenya, Journal of Research & Method in Education, 8(1), 18-23.
  13. Kamau, L.M., Mwania, J. M., & Njue, A.K.. (2018). Technology resources for teaching secondary mathematics: Lessons from early and late adopters of technology in Kenya, Asian Journal of Contemporary Education, 2(1), 43-52.
  14. Nguli, F.N., Kasivu, G.M., & Kamau, L.M.(2018). Influence of teacher demographic factors on integration of Information Communication and Technology in teaching in ICT Champion Schools in Machakos Sub- County. Scholarly Research Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018 (6).
    Research Work in Progress
  15. Kamau, L.M. Theoretical Perspectives used to Examine the uses of Technology in Mathematics Education: A Review of the Literature-[Article (complete for publication)]
  16. Kamau, L. M. A Practical Guide for Writing Research Proposals and Thesis-A mixed Methods Paradigm-[Book (work in progress)]
  17. Kamau, L.M. Using multiple regression in educational and social science research- A step by Step Approach-[Book (Work in progress)]
  18. Kamau, L.M. & Lagat, R. Investigation on the performance in Calculus among secondary pre-service teachers: A Case of South Eastern Kenya

University. [Article (work in progress)]
Attraction of Funds

  • November 2016: I spearheaded the application of funding to the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) in response to the call for Funding Proposals of $50,000 released by Dubai Cares, Echidna Giving, and the MasterCard Foundation. The research project intended to do an Impact Assessment of professional development of science and mathematics teachers in Kenya for Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA). The funding was NOT successful.

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