Promoting effective science teaching and learning in Ghana has become an issue of immense concern. This has been necessitated by Ghanaian students’ poor performance at the national and international levels. Producing teachers and education practitioners who understand what it takes to improve quality education and manage its delivery effectively is often lacking.
The courses in this programme are designed to equip those who wish to begin a career in teaching Chemistry at the senior high level with skills to maximise student learning outcomes. The skills acquired will also be transferable to other levels and contexts of education, thus make students graduating from the School equipped to work as assessment design specialists and managers of educational change in general.
The programme desires to produce a unique educational practitioner with a specialisation in Chemistry able to diagnose problems of teaching and learning, and introduce innovative practices that can lead to significant improvements in the learning experiences of all Chemistry learners.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
• Provide research opportunities to explore and understand how education particularly in the Ghanaian context, mediate social equalities and inequalities.
• Train students in Chemistry, pedagogy, conceptual and procedural knowledge.
• Prepare students who will be conceptually and practically competent to facilitate the expectations accorded to science education in Ghanaian senior high schools.
• Develop the capacity of students to use ICT to enhance teaching and learning.
• Use data from school contexts to inform their practice through engagement in action research through the evaluation of education interventions and practices in the Ghanaian context.
• Develop an understanding of how effective schooling is achieved in diverse international contexts.
A lot of people study chemistry in order to become doctors, nurses, pharmacist, nutritionists, geologists and manufacturers. There doesn’t seem to be any limit to the role of chemistry both in everyday life and in industry.
Many activities in homes, schools and industry involve chemistry to some extent. As a result, a lot of chemistry related jobs are created in industry almost on a daily basis.
This underscores the importance of chemistry in the school curriculum. As part of integrated science, chemistry is studied in nearly every high school in the world. This means the teaching of chemistry as a stand-alone subject or as part of integrated science remains a promising career path
Class discussions, presentations, seminars and workshops
Graduates from this programme could be employed to teach senior high school Chemistry. The programme also provides a strong foundation for a diverse range of career opportunities at a time of rapid change in education, including managerial and administrative roles in schools and local authorities; work in secondary school settings; careers in quality control, industrial hygiene, research and development and a range of professions.
Students are assessed through a combination of individual and group work, tests, assignments and projects and successful completion of supervised internship.