Dr. Gladwell Njeri Wambiri


Title/Qualifications: DR. /PhD(Education), MED(Educational Psychology), B.ED ( Science)
Department/Unit/Section: Early Childhood Studies
Contact Address: P.O.Box 43844 – 00100, Nairobi Kenya
Position: Lecturer
Area of Specialization: Education, Early Childhood Studies, Developmental Psychology
Research Interests: Early Literacy, Child Work, Caregiving

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Conference Presentations

  • Gladwell N. Wambiri, Informal school-work arrangements: A poor child’s struggle to go to school Addis Ababa/ Ethiopia, Young Lives East African Symposium, 19th t0 21st march 2014
  • Gladwell N. Wambiri, Teachers’ perspectives on the use of local language for instruction in preschool, Nairobi/Kenya, RECE conference Kenyatta University, 3rd to 7th Nov.2013
  • Gladwell N. Wambiri, Early childhood care and education in Kenya, Oslo/Norway, Windows to the World, 15th to 19th Oct. 2012
  • Gladwell N. Wambiri, Home to preschool school transition, Karen-Nairobi/Kenya, ECD capacity building conference June 2012
  • Gladwell N. Wambiri, Informal school-work arrangements: Making work and school compatible Dakar/ Senegal Chidl & Youth Studies Institute, 20th to 24th September 2010
  • Gladwell N. Wambiri, Caregiver involvement in children’s early reading stimulation: Relative contributions of caregivers’ role definition, level of education and the household income, Mombasa/Kenya, 21st to 23rd July 2010
  • Gladwell N. Wambiri & Barbara G. Koech, Early Childhood Development Capacity building in Kenya Lusaka/ Zambia, ECD capacity building worshop, 15th to 16th July 2010
  • Gladwell N. Wambiri Enhancing caregivers capacity for early literacy simulation, Kampala/ Uganda, 25th to 30th October 2009


  • Gladwell Wambiri, 2014, Caregivers’ role definition and practices in the stimulation of children’s emergent reading development in Ruiru, Kenya Journal of Education and practice, ISSN 2222-1735(Paper) ISSN 2222-288X (online) Volume.5, No.2, 2014
  • Gladwell Wambiri, 2014, ‘Compatibility of Work and school: Informal school work arrangements in Central Kenya’, Places of work in African Childhood, ed. Michael Bourdillon & Georges Mulumbwa. Dakar, Codesria: 167-185
  • Gladwell N. Wambiri & Daniel W. Muthee, 2010, Research Monitoring and evaluation in ECDE programmes, Longhorn Publishers, ISBN 9966 36 438-2
  • Gladwell Wambiri, Judith M. Akinyi & Alice Kairichi, 2009, Alpha English Activities Book 1, Kenya Literature Bureau, ISBN 978-9966-44-835-4
  • Gladwell Wambiri, Judith M. Akinyi & Alice Kairichi, 2009, Alpha English Activities Book 2, Kenya Literature Bureau, ISBN 978-9966-44-836-1
  • Gladwell Wambiri, Judith M. Akinyi & Alice Kairichi, 2009, Alpha English Activities Day care – Teachers Guide, Kenya Literature Bureau ISBN 978-9966-44-813-2

Administrative Positions Held

  • School of Education Examinations Coordinator February 2013 to date
  • Examinations Coordinator- Early childhood Studies Department 1st August 2010 to July 2011 & 2001 - 2004
  • Acting Chairperson, Department of Early Childhood Studies November 2009 to February 2010
  • Member, Editorial Board- African Journal of Education 2006 to 2009
  • Member, Kenyatta University Teaching Practice Board 2007-2011
  • Board Member, Institutional Based Programme (IBP) Board 2008 to date

Affiliation to Professional Bodies

  • Organization of Social Science research in Southern and Eastern Africa (OSSREA)
  • Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
  • Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • International society for the study of behavioral development (ISSBD)
  • Kenyatta University Child Welfare Association (KUCWA)
  • Kenya Institute of Special Education Editorial Board


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:28

News and Events


 Conference Dates: 5TH – 6TH OCTOBER, 2017 


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Dissemination of Research Findings 26th May

Dr. Teresa Mwoma of Department of Early Childhood Studies will be presenting her research findings from a study funded by the Vice Chancellor’s research grant 2015/2016. The study was focusing on safety and security in preschools in the informal settlement: A case of Nairobi City County. The study was conducted in Nairobi informal settlements. Findings from the study will be disseminated to stakeholders in early childhood as well as scholars in Kenyatta University on 26th May 2017 at Kenyatta University BSSC room 12 starting at 10.30 am. Preliminary findings from the study were presented in the 4th annual early childhood development and education summit held in Mombasa from 13th to 17th March 2017.

4th Academic Seminar

The School of Education is planning to hold its 4th Academic Seminar on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th May 2017 at the College of Education & Lifelong Learning (Room 109) to provide space for awardees of the School's conference - related grants and time to share knowledge and experiences gained from their attendances locally and abroad.
The Seminar is designed to give opportunity to academic members of staff as well as young experienced researchers to model for our students and set good examples of how to engage in scholarly discourses. Our postgraduate students and their supervisors will have a forum to share their research work-in-progress from which they could get input for potential publications from their research by the time they are graduating.

The Guest Speaker will be Dr. Rhoda Gitonga who will address: Interactivity in Online Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.


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Collaborations & Resources

  • Early Childhood Development Network for Kenya (ECDNeK)

  • Africa Early Childhood Network (AfCEN)

  • Early Childhood Professionals Association Kenya (ECPAK)

Other International Links negotiations are going on.

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