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Ghanney, R., Antwi, T., Agyeman, E, (2017). The Effects of Social Media on Literacy Development among Pupils in Junior High Schools in Ghana. . United Kingdom: Society for Science and Education. (4) 16. DOI: do1:10:14738. http://assrj.416.3603

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The study sought to investigate the effects of social media on literacy development among pupils in junior high schools particularly on their perception about the nature of literacy, identifying major social media network sites and their mass usage among pupils as well as the effects of social media and social networking sites on pupils’ language learning and literacy development within the context of socio-cultural and social learning theories. To achieve the objectives of this study, a case study design was used which comprised the use of interviews to solicit pupils’ responses on the effects of social media on literacy development. The population of the study consisted of all JHS pupils in the Asante-Akim South District in the Ashanti region of Ghana. A purposive sampling technique was used to select 25 pupils (14 females, 11 males) from three junior high schools. The data were analyzed using thematic analysis (qualitative content and document analyses), table with description and data triangulation. The findings showed participants’ exposure to major social media tools and social networking sites such as Facebook, Short Message Services (SMS), WhatsApp, Twitter and You Tube likewise online practices such as chatting, blogging, watching movies, listening to audios, image sharing, and so on. The study in addition revealed that social media tools and online practices influence participants’ reading skills and habits, writing skills and speaking in every way. This research recommends the strict application of Ghana Education Service rules and parental guidance on electronic devices usage in schools, homes and the promotion of social media networks for educational purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Educational StudiesOct 17, 20172017/2018

Ali, C.A., Davis, E.K., & Agyei, D.D., (2017). 4T Models of Anthropological Moments of Didactical Praxeologies in the Parabola with Digital Technologies. R.S. Galván, J. Leitao, M. Martins, & Rasquinho, M. Innovative and Creative Education Teaching International Conference. , Badajoz, Spain: Theorem Conferences and Events, Edinburgh, Unitd Kingdom. (1) 1. http://www.icetic.net

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The study integrated digital technologies (GeoGebra) tools to test the significance and success of employing 4T anthropological moments of didactical praxeologies in the teaching and learning of conceptual structures in the parabola. The experimental methodology explored mixed methods concurrent convergent design involving the GeoGebra to collect and analyze quantitative data with quasi-experimental tests and content analysis with an interview guide to collect and analyze qualitative data from thirty three groups of preservice teachers of the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. The findings of both the quantitative and qualitative results showed that the 4T models of anthropological moments of didactical praxeologies with the GeoGebra achieved higher significant improvements as compared to the conventional methods and were adjudged most successful models for didactical praxeologies in the teaching and learning of conceptual structures in the parabola. It was therefore, concluded that the 4T models be adopted as main instructional models in the teaching and learning of conceptual structures in multiple mathematics domains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Educational StudiesJul 18, 20172016/2017

Abraham, I., Frimpong, C. & Asinyo, B. K., (2016). Comparative Analysis of Patronage of Classical and Contemporary African Textile Prints in Ghana.. 2nd International Conference on Applied Sciences and Technology (ICAST), October 28 – 30, 2015, Kumasi Polytechnic.. Kumasi: Kumasi Polytechnic. http://icast.kpoly.edu.gh/proceedings/index.php/ICAST/ICAST/paper/view/11

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African prints which were introduced into the West African market in the 19th Century by the European missionaries and traders were highly patronized by Ghanaians during the 20th Century. These early African prints were commonly referred to as classical prints. Over the years, design and colour preferences changed and textile producers adapted more creative ways in designing to satisfy the taste and demand of textile consumers. This gave rise to contemporary designs that were quickly embraced by the public especially the youth. The purpose of this study was to determine the level of patronage of classical and contemporary prints, with the view of helping the textile industries satisfy the taste of wider consumers. Interviews were conducted to determine why people preferred either classical or contemporary prints. The findings revealed that majority of consumers of African prints in Ghana still patronise the classical prints whiles the contemporary prints are highly patronised by the youth. The study recommends that textile designers should consider integration of symbolism and aesthetics in textile designing to increase the patronage of African prints produced in Ghana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Vocational EducationAug 24, 20162016/2017

Ali, C.A. & Davis, E.K., (2016). Harnessing Indigenous Basketry Resources for National Development: A Long Term Prospects for Mathematics Education in Ghana. S. Abazaami, A. Mahama & A. Seidu Northern Harmattan School. University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana: Institute for Continuing Education and Interdisciplinary Research (ICEIR), University for Development Studies. (9) 1. DOI: http://www.udsiceir.edu.gh. http://www.udsiceir.edu.gh

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The study explored how indigenous basket resources could be harnessed to benefit long term development planning in mathematics education to accelerate national development. Even though basket weaving is an age old occupation in Northern Ghana, its resources have still experienced little exploitation to be integrated and consolidated into formal education in Ghana. This qualitative survey purposively interviewed four teachers and two basket artisans in the Bolgatanga Municipality of Upper East Region of Ghana. The findings revealed that the indigenous basket resources would boost employment, reduce poverty rate, combat migration, integrate indigenous knowledge and improve learning upon outcomes. We therefore, recommended that other stakeholders fashion out policies and programmes to harness the indigenous basket resources to help achieve long term development goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Educational StudiesJun 20, 20162015/2016

Ali, C.A., Adzifome, N.S. & Addison, K.A., (2015). Contemporary Issues and Challenges in Basic Education in Gha; Principal Component Extractions of SWOT Matrix for National Development. F. Anam, Diji, C. & Adebitan, E. African Regional Research Conference on Sustainable Development Strategies. Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya: International Institute for Policy Review and Development Strategies. (9) 1. DOI: isbn: 978-5-56043-046-9. http://www.inetrnationalpolicybrief.org

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The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) matrix is very appropriate in identifying contemporary issues and challenges in basic education that face the African continent. We propose this matrix to help identify and address the essential issues that militate against successful implementation of basic education in Ghana. We sampled serving teachers and elicited information that border on internal and external issues of interest in basic schools. The SPSS codes and analyses revealed that the matrix was very appropriate and effective in identifying these issues of enrollments, completion rates, infrastructure and pedagogies. Therefore, educational planners, managers and supervisors should prioritize the use of the SWOT matrix in their domains in the basic schools to accelerate national development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Educational StudiesJun 20, 20162015/2016

Ali, C.A., Adzifome, N.S. & Addison, K.A., (2015). Contemporary Issues of Basic Education in Ghana; Principal Component Extractions of Swot Matrix for National Development. F. Anam, Diji, C. & Adebitan, E. African Regional Conference on Sustainable Development Strategies: Contemporary Issues and Challenges in African Development Patterns: Multi-disciplinary Assessment. Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya: International Institute for Policy Review and Development Strategies. (9) 9. DOI: isbn: 978-5-56043-046-9. http://www.internationalpolicybrief.org

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The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats matrix identified the critical contemporary and essential issues that confront policies and programmes of basic education in Ghana. We purposively sampled sixty-five teachers and elicited fortythree essential internal and external issues in the basic schools. The SPSS method of principal component extractions revealed that internal issues of good and neat pupils in structured mathematics classrooms enhanced teaching and learning but lack of communication with authorities, pupils' previous knowledge and poor fellow teacher support hindered teaching and learning. Externally, stakeholders' support to teachers, upgrading of teachers' knowledge and general popularity of the basic schools boosted teaching and learning, whereas poor quality of pupils enrolled to pursue the overloaded mathematics syllabus and competitions faced with faith-based and private basic schools in attracting good quality pupils inhibited teaching and learning. We therefore, recommended adoption of the matrix to prioritize, address, and accelerate national development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Educational StudiesJun 16, 20162015/2016

Ali, C.A. & Davis, E.K., (2016). Harnessing Indigenous Basketry Resources for National Development: A Long Term Prospects for Mathematics Education in Ghana. S. Abazaami, A. Mahama & A. Seidu Northern Harmattan School, University for Development Studies (UDS) and Partners. University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana: Institute for Continuing Education and Interdisciplinary Research (ICEIR). (12) 12. DOI: iceir. http://www.udsiceir.edu.gh

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The study explored how indigenous Northern basketry industry could be harnessed and integrated into mathematics education to accelerate national development. Even though basket weaving is an age old occupation in Northern Ghana, it still experiences little integration and consolidation into formal education in Ghana. This qualitative survey purposively interviewed fifty basket artisans, teachers and pupils in the Bolgatanga Municipality of Upper East Region of Ghana. The findings revealed that integration of the indigenous basket industry would boost employment, reduce poverty rate, integrate indigenous knowledge and improve learning outcomes. We therefore, recommended Ghana Education Service and other stakeholders fashion out policies and programmes to encourage harnessing of indigenous baskets to achieve these goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Educational StudiesJun 16, 20162015/2016

Tamanja, E. M. J., (2016). Child migration and academic performance: The case of basic education in Ghana. Childhood, children and the future: African and European perspectives in the 21st century. European University of Flensburg, Germany: . http://https://www.uni-flensburg.de/psychologie/workshop-2016/3-presentations/)

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Essuman, S., (2015). Using TESSA OERs to enrich the teaching and learning practices of Basic School Teachers in Winneba Municipality. Distance Education and Teachers' Training in Africa (DETA) 2015. : .

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In recent times, teachers in Ghanaian schools have been encouraged to master creative ways of engaging pupils in their teaching and learning deliveries and employ new strategies in teaching so as to adapt to the fast growing needs of pupils in the 21st century. In this vein, fifty (50) basic schoolteachers in the Winneba Municipality were engaged in a training workshop, which focused on the use of TESSA OERs. The aim of the workshop was to expose them to the adaptation and integration of the OERs into their classroom-based teaching practices. The focus of this paper is to share some of the experiences gathered at the end of the training. One-on-one interview method was adopted using a semi-structured interview guide. The interview ‘stories’ were analysed manually and are presented as their ‘voices’ in the write up. The findings revealed that most participants had acquired added values to their approaches to teaching and learning and have purposed to improve their classroom practices. They also indicated that the new skills and knowledge will help them in their lesson preparations and planning as well as using the OER in their teaching and learning material (TLM) developments. It was recommended that similar training sessions be organised for all teachers in the municipality and even at their larger forums and conferences. They requested that the University should be engaging them frequently so that they can learn new pedagogies such as these. Keywords: Open Educational Resources, teacher education in sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA), 21st century classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur,Y.D, Asiedu-Addo,S.& Harris,E., (2015). Statistical Software Packages (SSPs) Integration In Teaching And Learning Of Statistics In Ghanaian Tertiary Institution. 7th International Conference on Teaching , Education and Learning (ICTEL). : International Journal of Social Sciences.

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To address the impact of statistical software package integration in the teaching and learning of statistics by examining the effect of training lecturers in the use of statistical software packages(SSPs) on their intension to use the packages. The research used multimode survey technique. University of education, Winneba-Kumasi campus, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of mines and Technology, University of Energy and Natural Resources, from January –February,2015. The paper deploys quantitative research methodology using purposive sampling of lecturers, demonstrators and teaching assistant in mathematics and statistics. Four public universities in Ghana were sampled. The data collected was subjected to SmartPLS second generation multivariate structural Equation Modeling (SEM) in the computation of relevant statistics. The paper used sample of 98 respondents purposively selected from the participating institutions. Test of validity and reliability was conducted to ascertain data credibility and consistency of the measurement as well as measurement and structural models. The data proved reliable with cronbacks square of the cronback values greater than 0.7.The results of the analysis indicate that there is a positive significant relationship between training programs university leadership organized for their lecturers in mathematics and statistical and the perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness, attitude and assertiveness of the lecturers to uses the SSPs and lecturer’s intension to use SSPs. Conclusion: The finding of this paper has confirm the previous research output on the effectiveness of Technology Acceptance Model(TAM) framework and has further extended the theory of TAM to help predict the lecturers intension to use statistical software packages in the teaching and learning of statistics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Technical EducationMay 25, 20162015/2016

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