Organizational issues and challenges of supervised industrial attachment of a technical and vocational teacher education program in Ghana

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2009-10-01
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Donkor, Francis
Nsoh, Stanislaus N
Mitchual, Stephen Jobson
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Asia‐Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education
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The Technical and Vocational Teacher Education program of the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana, includes a compulsory supervised industrial attachment.  This gives student teachers the opportunity relate theory to practice and to enable them go out to prepare their students for success in further education and the workplace.  This paper which is part of a larger study that assessed the supervised industrial attachment focuses on organizational issues and the program’s challenges.  Data were collected from 13 lecturers, 90 students and 22 workplace supervisors through self‐ completion questionnaire.  The reported findings were based on four‐point Likert‐type items relating to organizational issues and challenges.  Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t‐test, ANOVA and Scheffe′s post hoc test.  The findings revealed dissatisfaction of stakeholders with weightings of assessment components, the practice of students finding their own placements, program duration, and lack of liaison officer.   Among the 10 items on organizational issues, only three produced statistically significant differences in respondents’ ratings.  The perceived challenges were lack of free access to machines and equipment, amount of money spent traveling to and from the workplace, and time spent on finding placement.  Among the five items on challenges, only one produced statistically significant differences in respondents’ ratings.  (Asia‐Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 10(1), 39‐56
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Donkor, F., Nsoh, S. N., & Mitchual, S. J. (2009). Organizational issues and challenges of supervised industrial attachment of a technical and vocational teacher education program in Ghana. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 10(1), 39.