Students’ Perspectives of the Food and Nutrition Program at the University of Cape Coast Home Economics Department and Its Implication on Curriculum Change
Science Journal of Education
Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2014, Pages: 4-11
Received: Dec. 31, 2013; Published: Jan. 20, 2014
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Naomi Kuokor Neequaye, Country Mentor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). German International Cooperation, Accra, Ghana
Sarah Darkwa, University of Cape Coast- Faculty of Education, Department of Vocational and Technical Education, Cape Coast- Ghana
Manasseh Edison Komla Amu, University of Cape Coast- Faculty of Education, Department of Vocational and Technical Education, Cape Coast- Ghana
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Abstract
Curriculum evaluation provides insightful information that helps make decisions to maintain, modify or stop a program. Evaluating students’ perspectives of an existing program is an important technique used in assessing its relevance to the global economy. The study evaluated students’ perspectives of the food and nutrition program at the University of Cape Coast and its implications on curriculum change. Out of a total of 336 students, 129 made up of 62 first and 67 final year students were purposively selected for the study. Two sets of questionnaires were developed and self administered to students. In all, 116 questionnaires (62 final year students; 54 first year students) were retrieved giving a response rate of 90%. Results showed that 52% of the students were well informed about the program through the university admission brochure prior to enrollment. Students reported several overlaps in different courses and recommended synchronizing course outlines. Seventy (60%) of the students rated science based courses as very important (nutrition and health; food storage and preservation) and non science courses less important (food production and service; other catering related courses). Students labeled some courses as irrelevant in contemporary times and recommended their removal and replacement with more relevant ones. In addition, students requested for more practical lessons to equip them with the requisite skills needed to compete for jobs after graduating. Students indicated health related jobs as their first choice of employment with few interested in teaching. It was concluded that the existing program though developed to train students to teach food and nutrition in the second cycle schools in Ghana has lost its focus, rather students are more interested in being trained to work in the health sector rather than teach. Thus it is important to review the courses and update them to reflect changing trends in the global economy.
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Curriculum Evaluation, Food, Nutrition, Curriculum Change, Ghana
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Naomi Kuokor Neequaye, Sarah Darkwa, Manasseh Edison Komla Amu, Students’ Perspectives of the Food and Nutrition Program at the University of Cape Coast Home Economics Department and Its Implication on Curriculum Change, Science Journal of Education. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2014, pp. 4-11. doi: 10.11648/j.sjedu.20140201.12
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