Tag Archives: Movement

Curriculum Evaluation: A Comparative Study of a 4-Year B.Ed. Regular and a 2-Year Diploma Sandwich Students’ Results in Music, Movement and Drama (Published)

Both the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) and Diploma students at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, use the same content as prescribed in the Academic Bulletin but both are admitted on two different entry requirements with different duration accordingly. Sections of society speculate about varied performances of both categories of students without any empirical evidence. The purpose of the study was to ascertain how well the students have been prepared in terms of content assimilation and their relative performance. Using a purposive sampling technique, both regular and sandwich Music, Movement and Drama Level 200 students of the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University from 2008 to 2012 were selected for the study. Test results of the respondents from 2008 to 2012 which served as the data were analysed, after ethical issues were resolved, using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results showed that both regular and sandwich students performed creditably well within the range of the years under review. It was, however, established that there was a statistically significant difference between the achievement of the B.Ed. regular and Diploma sandwich students from 2008 to 2012 academic years. On the basis of the findings, it was recommended that the mode of delivery of the sandwich programme be reconsidered such that there will be a bridge of the gap between the regular and the sandwich programmes in terms of performance.

Keywords: Bachelor of Education, Curriculum, Drama, Evaluation, Movement, Music, Sandwich, diploma, regular.

Communication Process in Totoeme Music of the Avatime People of Ghana. (Published)

Based on the concept of music communication and relevant literature, the paper unravels the communication process in Totoeme musical genre of the Avatime people of Ghana. It attempts to elucidate some of the intrinsic and extrinsic facts in terms of repertoire and general performance of totoeme music. It is an insight into a traditional music phenomenon and some pragmatic but vociferous symbolical elements that enhance meaning in an indigenous musical performance and its associated rituals. Through observation and interview, it was found out that the channels of communication in Avatime music are experienced during procession, choral section, and the dance section in the various contexts. The paper concludes that messages transmitted in the performances during the social occasions portray the artistic cultural values giving opportunities to the people to air their sentiments, emotions and express how their challenges are dealt with.

Keywords: Movement, Music Communication, Song Texts, Totoeme, Visual Channel