A GUIDE TO TEACHING FIRST-YEAR BASIC DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS IN GHANA

Abudulai Issah

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The Basic Design and Technology program was introduced into the Junior High School curriculum in September 2007. It is one of the elective subjects taught at the Junior High School level all over Ghana. A cursory study indicates the existence of problems in the acquisition of practical skills in the Basic Design and Technology (BDT) program offered in the Junior High Schools. No study was found to have been done regarding the actual challenges in skills acquisition in the program. This study, therefore, fills the gap and purposefully focuses on the teaching and the learning outcomes of pupils among other related issues. The study examines the teaching methods of teachers, considering the limited facilities available and how they affect pupils' acquisition of practical skills and competence. The qualitative research method was used for the study which sought to describe the processes for teaching and learning of Basic Design and Technology and to describe the tools used. Implications of the findings are discussed highlighting the importance of using proper teaching and learning approaches, providing qualified teachers, funds, studio/workshop facilities, and teaching and learning materials for effective delivery and learning Basic Design and Technology.

 

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a guide, basic design, and technology, junior high school, first-year teaching syllabus, tools

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