International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Pedagogical Aspects of Riddles: A Critical Examination of Abagusii Riddles
Prof. Muigai Wa Gachanja, Mr. Charles Kebaya

This paper is based on a critical examination of pedagogical aspects of riddles among the Abagusii community and opines that riddles play an important role in the education system of not only children but also in adults. Focusing on riddles from the Abagusii community and while contending that riddles have various functions to play in society such as cultural, social and historical, the study interrogates pedagogical values embedded in riddles. Primary data for analysis was obtained from a field study conducted among children and adults purposively sampled from the Abagusii community. The researchers engaged participatory and observational approaches in data collection. Anchored in deconstruction theory as its theoretical framework, the paper explores various education values and skills inherent in the riddles and shows that both the riddling process and the riddles embody educational values. In this regard, the authors emphasize that riddles should be embraced as an important teaching and instructional method. It is for this reason that the two writers conclude that participating in riddling is not a futile exercise but an educative one based on the pedagogical empowerment in riddles and the riddling process. The study proffers new ways of studying riddles and how they can be utilized in teaching and learning processes in Kenyan schools for integration purposes.

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