Recycling Wood Off-Cuts to Develop Instructional Materials for Creative Arts Education at Bomso M/A Primary School in Kumasi

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The growth of humanity from the primitive state to the present day‟s highly advanced technology has been closely associated with the dependence on wood. Wood has been used for shelter, fuel, tools, weapons, as well as for beautifications. Hence, it is very much clear that wood plays a vital role in the life of man. However, the off-cuts from the wood after it has undergone a production process are left to go to waste whiles they could have served a useful purpose. The research therefore sought to recycling wood off-cuts to develop instructional materials for Creative Arts education at Bomso M/A Primary School in Kumasi. The general objective of the study was to recycle wood off-cuts as appropriate instructional materials for teaching some selected topics in Creative Arts at Bomso M/A Primary School. Specific objectives included identify and examining types of instructional materials used for teaching selected topics in Creative Arts, testing the recycled wood off-cuts used as instructional materials for teaching these selected topics in Creative Arts as well as examine their effects on pupils‟ academic performance at the School. A qualitative research design which took into consideration a descriptive and quasi experimental method was used for this study. The descriptive enabled the researcher to explain the existing instructional materials that was used by the teacher and the quasi experimental method allowed the researcher to test the recycled wood off-cuts used as instructional materials for an in-depth information using observation and interview as research instruments. Findings from the research indicated that existing instructional materials did not sufficiently help in the teaching and learning of Creative Arts. Findings also showed that they pupils paid less attention which led to lack of understanding and interest in the subject because there was no hands-on activity. Also, it was found out that recycled wood off-cuts as Instructional Materials were simple to use, sustained the interest of pupils and their attention, made teaching and learning easier and as well as a fun filled activity. This again paved way for those who do not participate in class to willingly take part in class activities.
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 requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN ART EDUCATION