Learning without understanding

Why academic under-achievement persist among students of fine and applied art in Nigeria

Authors

  • Vershima Joseph Itiav
  • Peter Apkpen-Ade
  • Aondona Joshua Avav

Abstract

Background: Academic achievement is  one of the major goals and objectives of education. However, student underachievement is on the increase in  Fine and Applied Arts.

Objective: The purpose of this study is to investigate the cause(s) of this prevalent academic underachievement.

Methodology: The study adopted a survey research design using a causal research technic. It involved a population of 263 students, lecturers, and studio technicians. The main instrument used to collect data for the study were two sets of structured questionnaires named the Students Achievement and Underachievement Test (SA&UT) and Teacher's Assessment and Teaching Approach Test (TA&TAT). Frequency count and percentages were used to analyze the data collected.

Result: The results of the analyses established that many students have faulty pre-level knowledge to be able to achieve effectively at the university level. Many of the lecturer’s exhibit negligence in conducting a valid assessment, and some need to improve their level of assessment literacy in assessing art. There is also  a lack of  adequate facilities to conduct reliable and valid practical-oriented assessments.

Conclusion: A combination of lack of facilities and teachers’ negligence contribute in the problem of under-achievement among students of find and applied arts.

Unique contribution:  This study has deepened our understanding regarding why the problem of academic underachievement has continued to persist among students of fine and applied arts in Nigeria. 

Key recommendation: Pre-level institutions should be upgraded and properly examined to adequately prepare students for the higher levels in their academic careers.

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Published

2022-08-08

How to Cite

Itiav, V. J., Apkpen-Ade, P., & Avav, A. J. (2022). Learning without understanding: Why academic under-achievement persist among students of fine and applied art in Nigeria. Ianna Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies , 4(1), 10-20. Retrieved from https://iannajournalofinterdisciplinarystudies.com/index.php/1/article/view/82