The use of learning support assistants in visual arts education in Ghana: a case study in Al-azhariya School for Islamic ideology Junior High, Kumasi

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The focus of this study was to identify and train Visual Arts Senior High School graduates, who were neither pursuing further education nor in employment as Learning Support Assistants, as a possible intervention in the teaching of Visual Arts at the Junior High Schools. The Learning Support Assistants (LSA) were to assist the teacher as other adults in the classroom and also to support the pupils of Al-Azhariya Junior High School to study Visual Arts. A training programme was designed to train the Learning Support Assistants (LSA) before they were introduced into the classroom to support teaching and learning. There were two groups of pupils involved in the research. The pupils were grouped into two that is the controlled group and the experimental group. The experimental group, were the class that had the privilege of being supported by the LSA, while the other group had none other support with the exception of the teacher. The Learning Support Assistants supported the teacher who was the researcher herself to organize and prepare materials for the experiment group and also support the group during teaching and learning. It was discovered that, pupils behave better when they feel loved and also get the needed attention required of their teachers in class; they learn to trust them, open up to share their problems with them and also make an effort to learn.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award for the degree of Master of Arts in Art Education.