ERIC Number: ED234010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Factors That Influence the Performance of Pupils at "O"-Level Art Examinations in Uganda. African Studies in Curriculum Development & Evaluation. No. 45.
The attitudes of secondary school headteachers, art teachers, and art pupils toward art education were examined, with particular focus on the factors that play an important role in the performance of pupils in the "O" level art examinations ("O" level refers to ordinary school certificate). A multiple-choice questionnaire was distributed to 140 subjects from 15 randomly selected secondary schools in both urban and rural areas of Uganda. Analysis of responses revealed that school headteachers did not always have a positive attitude toward art education, and their attitudes influenced their way of providing for the subject in the schools, making it difficult for teachers and pupils to have the proper art materials, equipment, and other facilities. A pervasive attitude among art teachers appeared to be that "foreign" art was superior to "local" and it was concluded that this attitude weakened their effectiveness in helping pupils to observe their own surroundings clearly and with an eye for the artistic potential of their immediate world. A lack of progressive teaching methods in the teaching exhibited by the art teachers was identified as a weakness springing from their training, reinforced by poor economic conditions and low professional commitment. Recommendations are made for improving the training of art teachers and administrators. Copies of the questionnaire are appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kenya Inst. of Education, Nairobi.; Nairobi Univ. (Kenya).; German Agency for Technical Co-Operation, Nairobi (Kenya).; African Curriculum Organisation.
Note: Requirement for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Development, University of Nairobi. Best copy available.