Tag Archives: Observation

The themes in Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot (Published)

Waiting for Godot, is a play that prompts many questions, and answers none of them. As the title suggests, it is a play about waiting: two men waiting for a third, who never appears. ‘And if he comes?’ one of Beckett’s tramps asks the other near the end of the play. ‘We’ll be saved’, the other replies, although the nature of that salvation, along with so much else, remains undefined: for both characters and audience, Waiting for Godot enforces a wait for its own. The two central characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait for someone named Godot, who, as a stand-in for God, never arrives. The title focuses the audience on the futility of human existence.  The meaning of the name Godot is debated among scholars. Although Beckett wrote in French, it is possible that he wanted his audiences to consider the presence of the English word God in the name of the character who never shows up. (The similarity between the words Godot and God does not exist in the original French, in which God is Dieu.) It is possible, however, that Beckett named the character for a French bicyclist called Roger Godeau—or for a French slang word for boots.

Keywords: Absurdity, Existence, Observation, emphasizing, moonrise

Empirical Analyses on Tutors and Mentees Perception of the Effectiveness of Out-Segment Supervision of Colleges of Education in the Ashanti Region, Ghana (Published)

This study explored the effectiveness of Out-segment supervision of the In-In-Out programme in Colleges of Education in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. It was a descriptive survey that used 207 link tutors and 334 mentees with a semi-structured questionnaire as primary data collection instrument. Data were analysed using Kruskal Wallis ANOVA and One-sample t-test. The study revealed that the Out-segment supervision was being carried out effectively despite some challenges that needed to be addressed. Specifically, some of the findings are that generally, most of the activities under the pre-observation conference were rated unsatisfactory by both respondents. However, for the observation activities, the findings revealed that mentees and link tutors in St Louis, Offinso and Akrokerri confirmed that they were effectively conducted in their schools. It was recommended that areas where the evaluation indicated unsatisfactory performance, management of those colleges should do well to address those challenges.

Keywords: Ghana, Link Tutor, Mentee, Observation, Out-segment, Supervision