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Views of Teacher-Trainees on Clothing and Textiles Education in two Teacher Education Universities in Ghana

Volume 1, Issue 1, December 2016    |    PP. 117-141    |PDF (370 K)|    Pub. Date: January 19, 2017
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Author(s)
Phyllis Forster, Correspondence: Department of Home Economics Education, University of Education, Winneba, P.O. Box 25, Winneba, Ghana
Rosemary Quarcoo, Correspondence: Department of Home Economics Education, University of Education, Winneba, P.O. Box 25, Winneba, Ghana
Elizabeth Lani Ashong, Correspondence: Department of Home Economics Education, University of Education, Winneba, P.O. Box 25, Winneba, Ghana
Victoria Ghanny, Correspondence: Department of Home Economics Education, University of Education, Winneba, P.O. Box 25, Winneba, Ghana

Abstract
The study explored the views of teacher-trainees on Clothing and Textiles (C&T) education in two teacher education universities in Ghana. The objectives were to find out whether pre-tertiary Sewing/C&T lessons provided them with small-scale business skills, and foundation for higher education, they could teach Sewing/C&T competently on internship, identify their sources of motivation, and elicit their suggestions to improve on the subject. Data collected revealed that one-tenth and two-thirds acquired small-scale business skills from their lessons at basic and secondary levels respectively. About 71% indicated they taught the subject competently on internship and career intention was their main motivating factor for the subject. For improvement, there is need to provide adequate modern facilities and competent teachers with current ideas in content and pedagogy, and good teacher relationship with students and industry. Other suggestions were, students should remain focused and attract others to the subject through their dressing. Feed-back from the teacher trainees indicates that Sewing/C&T education in Ghana provides occupational skills and foundation for further studies.

Keywords
Teacher-trainees, internship, Clothing and Textiles, Home Economics, teacher education, interns.

Cite this paper
Phyllis Forster, Rosemary Quarcoo, Elizabeth Lani Ashong, Victoria Ghanny, Views of Teacher-Trainees on Clothing and Textiles Education in two Teacher Education Universities in Ghana, SCIREA Journal of Education. Vol. 1 , No. 1 , 2016 , pp. 117 - 141 .

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