ERIC Number: ED186702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Wayside Mechanic: An Analysis of Skill Acquisition in Ghana.
McLaughlin, Stephen Douglas
This study describes and analyzes the nature of skill acquisition process in one indigenous, informal training system--the apprenticeship of the wayside mechanics workshops in Koforidua, Ghana. Chapter 2 places apprenticeships training in the wider context of artisanship and training. It traces the history of the West African craft shop and its apprenticeship and identifies and assesses the influence of factors internal and external to the small workshop. Chapter 3 describes the workshop in its urban context and its social organization of work. The apprenticeship agreement and the background of apprentices and masters are discussed. Case studies of master and apprenticeship mechanics are included. Chapter 4 analyzes data collected from observation, interviews, and observation instruments. Results of assessment of apprentice skill competence through self-reports and administration of a mechanics skill test are used to evaluate the effectiveness of training in fostering diagnostic skills and higher-order theoretical understanding. Chapter 5 discusses implications for building nonformal education programs around indigenous learning systems and considers supplementary skill training programs to upgrade skills of practicing artisans. Suggestions are given for designing such improvement programs, and a recently implemented program in Koforidua is described. (Assessment forms are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Auto Body Repairers, Auto Mechanics, Background, Case Studies, Cognitive Development, Competence, Craft Workers, Educational Anthropology, Inplant Programs, Job Skills, Nonformal Education, Program Effectiveness, Repair, Skill Development, Skilled Occupations, Training, Urban Areas, Vocational Education
Center for International Education, Hills South, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ghana Univ., Legon. Inst. of Adult Education.; Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Center for International Education.
Identifiers: Africa (West); Ghana