Assessment of the Medium of Instruction on Pupils Academic Performance in Literacy: a Study of Selected Lower Primary Schools in Ghana

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dc.contributor.advisor Klu, E. K.
dc.contributor.advisor Kaburise, P. K.
dc.contributor.advisor Mulaudzi, L. M. P.
dc.contributor.author Ansre, Margaret Ama
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-15T10:10:39Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-15T10:10:39Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/715
dc.description PhD (English)
dc.description Department of English
dc.description.abstract This research assesses how the choice of a particular medium of instruction supports Primary Class Three (P.3) pupils’ academic performance in literacy. The need for this research has been occasioned by the inconsistencies that exist in Ghana’s language-in-education policy. The current language-in-education policy allows for only the dominant language of the community, in which a school is situated, to be used as medium of instruction, even when pupils speak different languages in one P.3 classroom. The research adopts a mixed methodology approach and uses purposive sampling technique to select a total sample of 317 participants. This number comprises pupils, teachers, parents and other stakeholders in education from 8 schools within 3 municipalities in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. Five (5) of the schools use English medium of instruction and three (3) schools use Ghanaian language or mother-tongue. Data collection tools for the research are interviews, participant’s observations, video recordings and diagnostic tests. The main finding, based on the test results of the research, establishes that when mother-tongue and English are compared as mediums of instruction from Kindergarten One (KG1) up to P. 3, there is no significant difference pupils’ academic results in literacy. In view of this, the research advocates for further debate on other factors that support pupils academic performance in literacy, in addition to mother-tongue and English medium of instruction in lower primary schools. en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 191 leaves : color illustrations, maps)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Medium of instruction en_US
dc.subject Mother-tongue en_US
dc.subject Mother-tongue Education en_US
dc.subject Language acquisition en_US
dc.subject Language learning and literacy en_US
dc.title Assessment of the Medium of Instruction on Pupils Academic Performance in Literacy: a Study of Selected Lower Primary Schools in Ghana en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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