Teachers’ perceptions about the value of Arts at the Lower Primary Phase in Namibia
Dr Stanley C. Chombo & Begani Ziambo Mashinja
The purpose of this study was to investigate teachers’ perceptions about the value of Arts at the Lower Primary Phase in Namibia. The researchers adopted an interpretive orientation for this qualitative case study. The selected research design and approach helped the researchers to shape the success of this study. Placing this study within the interpretive orientation facilitated the collection, analysis and interpretation of the data in a manner that helped the researchers to address the research objective in a meaningful way. In this study, the researchers used four methods to collect the data. These included interviews, focus group interviews, classroom observations and document analysis. The findings in the study revealed teachers’ awareness of the role and value of Arts education at the Lower Primary Phase to be a particularly positive aspect of the study. The common and important value cited by these teachers during interviews was that Arts at the Lower Primary Phase stimulates the learner’s imagination and creativity.