Collaborative learning: An instructional strategy for effective teaching and learning of creative arts at Onwe m/a ‘2’ primary school
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The study of Creative Arts is very essential in the education of children because it equips a child the creative and problem-solving skill. Thus, skills acquired in Creative Arts play significant role in national development. Despite the relevance of studying Creative Arts for national development, students do not seem to have interest in pursuing Art as a subject to the highest level of education. Many schools in Ghana mostly depend on generalist teachers to implement Creative Arts curriculum, consequently, the effective teaching and learning of the subject has been in crisis since its inception in the Ghanaian primary school curriculum in 2007. The purpose of this research was to examine the factors that hinder effective teaching and learning of Creative Arts and adopted Collaborative learning framework as an intervention to facilitate effective teaching and learning of the subject at the primary school level. The study employed qualitative research design. Purposive and simple random sampling were adopted to sample 30 lower and upper primary pupils and 6 teachers as respondents. Direct observation and interviews were used in data collection and data analysis in the classroom environment of Onwe M/A ‘2’ primary school. Results of the study were descriptively analyzed to evaluate the efficacy of Collaborative learning framework as an intervention to improve effective teaching and learning of Creative Arts. The intervention changed the classroom dynamics and fostered active and participatory learning through engagement. The evidence conclusively attests to the fact that teaching and learning of Creative Arts in the primary school is ineffective and left in the hands of generalist teachers who do not make the effort in teaching the subject. Finally, recommendations were made that, teachers must plan activity-based lesson to facilitate pupil’s engagement for effective teaching and learning of Creative Arts in the primary school. Again, education stakeholders must organize periodic workshops or In-service training for classroom teachers to augment their instructional skills and also be abreast with new developments and trends in the field of teaching.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology, College of Art and Built Environment, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Art Education.
Collaborative learning, strategy, effective teaching, creative arts, Onwe m/a ‘2’ primary school