Design and Construction of Selected Instructional Materials for Visual Arts in Ghanaian Colleges of Education

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February 2009
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This research sought to develop teaching – learning materials that have aesthetic qualities and more durable in order to arouse and sustain students’ interest in the classroom. The Principal design used for this research was qualitative design. The researcher employed experimental and descriptive research methods. This was however supplemented by library search, questionnaire and interview. The findings reveal that students in the colleges of education as well as students running the Untrained Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE) through distance Education organized by teacher Education Division of GES are capable of acquiring skills and knowledge in Visual Art related subjects. However, they need to be introduced to how to organize and produce simple teaching-learning materials to help them teach more effectively when they go to the teaching field. The strongest suggestions were that the GES should vigorously implement the new Educational Reform to its optimum. This will enable pupils to acquire skills and increase creativity which will help the students as well as the nation. The government should reintroduce the teaching of a course titled “Introduction of teaching learning materials” in the colleges of education curriculum. Finally, the Curriculum Research Development Division (CRDD) of the Ghana Education Service (GES) should come together to collectively organize workshops for teachers on the field on how to prepare simple teaching-learning materials. The District Directorate of the GES in collaboration with the resource centres at the Colleges of Education should organise workshops for teachers at the basic schools on how to prepare simple teaching-learning materials.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Art Education