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ERIC Number: ED360172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Reforms in Post-Secondary Science in Nigeria.
Agholor, Rose Nkechi; And Others
Since attaining independence in 1960, Nigeria has attempted vigorous promotions of science education involving changes in curricula. This paper examines the impetus, nature, and impact of such curricular reforms at the post-secondary level. The historical context of these issues is provided. Issues necessitating reform and reform trends are discussed and the nature of current reforms is described. Two studies conducted in three Nigerian universities, to ascertain the perceptions of staff and undergraduates concerning the impact of reform are presented. For these studies, a total of 206 undergraduates and 15 lecturers randomly drawn from the Faculties of Science and Education were surveyed. In study 1, 86% of the students and 95% of the lecturers believed the new reform has not brought about appreciable improvement in the quality of instruction. The deplorable state of the laboratories and the lack of motivation of the lecturers were said to hinder the possibility of an improvement in the quality of instruction. The students (69.3%) and the lecturers (92.3%) hold the view that the reform has not led to an improvement in the attitude of students and has seen a lowering of course grades. In study 2, the Science Laboratory Environment Inventory was used. The students (86%) found their laboratories to be competitive in nature and far from conducive to learning science. Ninety-two percent wished the laboratories to be more structured. (PR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria