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Title: Factors affecting low academic performance of Visual Art students in selected Senior High Schools in the Ejisu Municipality, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Authors: Nti, Seth Kwaku
Essel, Rebecca
Keywords: Effects
Low Academic Performance
Visual Art students
Selected Senior High Schools
Ejisu Municipality, Ashanti Region
Ghana
Issue Date: 25-Jun-2021
Abstract: Low academic performance in both internal and external examinations in relation to elective visual arts subjects has plagued students for decades. In view of this and the seeming lack of empirical investigations into the subject, the study sought to ascertain the factors that result in low academic performance of visual art students in selected Senior High Schools within the Ejisu Municipality of the Ashanti Region. The study adopted a mixed method and case study approach. The study population included students and staff of four selected schools. Questionnaires and interview guides were used to collect Secondary data for analysis. Purposive sampling was adopted to select 221 visual arts students. The study found that poverty, poor health, poor teaching methods, indiscipline, lack of proper teaching materials, poor evaluation methods / instruments, inadequately trained teachers, broken homes, changing of teachers incessantly, hyperactivity in students, truancy and poor approach to learning were the main causes of low academic performance amongst visual arts students of the Ejisu municipality in the Ashanti region. Also, the study showed that the unstandardized coefficient, b3, for low level of thinking on the part of the student is equal to 600. This means that for every 1-unit improvement in level of thinking on the part of the student, there is an increase in level of academic performance of 600. Hence, the higher the quality of thought visual arts students’ exhibit, the higher they perform academically. Based on the findings, the study recommends that the Ghana Education Service, Headmasters and other relevant stakeholders see to it that the Visual Arts Programme in each school are provided with all necessary teaching and learning materials and adequate infrastructure to aid practical lessons. The study also recommends that the Ghana Education Service, through the district and regional directors of education, organize lectures and seminars for teachers to re-orient their perceptions on the Visual Arts Programme and also re-train teachers on new ways of teaching technically gifted students in the Visual Arts field.
Description: A thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Art Education, 2019.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/14149
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