Art for All: Teaching Art to the Hearing Impaired Child

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Every individual is expected to live a responsible independent life during adulthood. This expectation however, cannot materialize when there are insufficient job opportunities, when the individual is not adequately prepared during infancy, and more importantly, when that individual is discriminated against on the basis of a disability.

The purpose of this research was to find out an appropriate and meaningful way of teaching art to the hearing impaired child in the schools. It was also to investigate the teaching and learning of creative art activities in the Ashanti school for the Deaf at Jamasi to determine the pupils’ preference. The information was collected through interviews, individual files of the hearing impaired children, observation and practical work. At the end of the research, it was revealed that drawing was the major art activity in the primary section while the Junior high school practiced sewing. Pupils never had a chance of selecting the vocational skill option as it was practice in all other junior high schools in the country. It was also evident that the school did not have a separate studio for their art work. The teachers were did not have training art education. They were, however, optimistic that an upward progression of art teaching would be realized should courses or seminars be organized for them in art methodology.

Keywords: Art, Hearing Impairement, Handicapping Conditions
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Art for All, Art for All

Dr. Kwaku Frimpong Duku

Lecturer, Department of Art Education, University of Education
Winneba, Central Region, Ghana

I lecture in Art Education at the Department of Art Education, University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. I am currently a Ph.D student with research interest in curriculum evaluation and improvement. I am much particularly interested in curriculum and pedagogy.

Ref: L08P0515