Teaching of core subjects to visual arts and non-visual arts students in selected Senior High Schools in the Sunyani Municipality

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High academic performance has been found to be a cardinal concept in education. Studies however, have shown that students’ performance depends on many factors even though there has always been a tendency of making a direct correlation between a student’s academic achievement and intelligence level. This is very common when it comes to teaching core subjects to Visual Arts students in Ghanaian SHSs. The study thus investigated the teaching processes used in delivering the core subjects to students and; evaluated the impact of the processes employed by the schools on the academic achievement of Visual Arts and Non-Visual Arts students. The study adopted the qualitative research design, under which the descriptive and evaluation research methods were employed to identify, describe and examine issues such as school facilities, availability and use of TLMs, supervision, students and teachers attitudes as well as methods and quality of teaching core subjects. The stratified and purposive sampling techniques were adopted; sampling 233 respondents –199 students, 24 teachers, 8 HODs and 2 head teachers. The study identified and described the processes involved in teaching core subject to Science, Business and Visual Arts students. The research further established that the schools share lots of similarities in the processes than differences and they were evident in the examination scores that students achieved. It was therefore, necessary to adopt a modified model based on Bloom’s model for evaluating academic achievement to evaluate the academic performance of all students on the different programmes in the sampled schools. This helped the researcher to outline and recommend that managers of schools should improve and fully utilize all school resources appropriately, considering the diversity of students’ backgrounds and needs in order to achieve high academic success in core subjects at the SHS level.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Art Education.