Enhancing technical and vocational knowledge and skills of adult learners in Ghanaian universities

Authors

  • Yaw Owusu-Agyeman University of the Free State, Bloemfontein
  • Magda Fourie-Malherbe University of Stellenbosch

Keywords:

Adult learners, vocational knowledge and skills, experiential learning theory, higher education

Abstract

This study examines the perceptions of adult learners of the factors that enhance their vocational knowledge and skills in engineering programmes in Ghanaian universities. Using focus-group discussion, we gathered data from adult learners enrolled in telecommunications and electrical engineering programmes in three universities in Ghana. The results show that the technical and vocational knowledge and skills of adult learners are enhanced by an effective pedagogical approach, the application of advanced technology in the teaching and learning process, the development of practice-based experiences and the application of new knowledge to the work environment. The study highlights adult learners’ identification of inadequate teaching and learning resources and weak pedagogical approaches in delivering telecommunications and electrical engineering courses as major challenges to the development of the vocational and technical knowledge and skills of adult learners. 

Author Biographies

Yaw Owusu-Agyeman, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein

Yaw Owusu‑Agyeman is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning, University of the Free State and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom. His research interests include adult learning, technical and vocational education and training, workforce development and higher education.

Magda Fourie-Malherbe, University of Stellenbosch

Magda Fourie-Malherbe is professor emerita in the Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University. She holds qualifications from the University of the Free State and Stellenbosch University, and has worked for more than 30 years at various public higher education institutions in South Africa as a lecturer, academic developer, researcher, supervisor and administrator.

Downloads

Published

2021-11-30

How to Cite

Yaw Owusu-Agyeman, & Magda Fourie-Malherbe. (2021). Enhancing technical and vocational knowledge and skills of adult learners in Ghanaian universities. Journal of Vocational, Adult and Continuing Education and Training, 4(1), 24. Retrieved from https://jovacet.ac.za/index.php/JOVACET/article/view/188

Issue

Section

Articles