ERIC Number: EJ1072804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
A Pilot Study of the Challenges and Prospects of Continuous Assessment Implementation in Nigeria
Owolabi, Henry O.; Onuka, Adams O. U.
African Higher Education Review, v2 p70-83 Dec 2009-Jul 2010
This study obtained basic information from teachers and students on the challenges and prospects of implementing continuous assessment (CA) in the Nigerian school system. Secondary Schools in Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara State, located in the central region of Nigeria were sampled for use in the study. It employed survey research design executed through the collection of ex post facto data. Two hundred and forty respondents comprising one hundred and twenty teachers and one hundred and twenty students were respectively sampled and used as subjects in the study. Two questionnaires, one for teachers and one for students, were developed and used to collect data which were analyzed using mainly percentages. Findings show that the greatest challenges of implementing CA in Nigerian secondary schools include poor level of preparedness for tests on the part of students, poor test administration procedures, poor handling of scores and feedback to students, poor coverage of instructional contents by test contents, large classes, inadequate time for tests and lack of knowledge and skills of the appropriate evaluation techniques. Respondents suggested that time should be given to implementing CA, teachers should be adequately trained in the techniques of evaluation, relevant modern technology for its conduct and recording should be provided for teachers. It was discovered that Nigerians know that CA possesses some prospects if properly implemented. These include reducing examination malpractices, engendering quality study habit in the student, improving educational and learning outcomes attainment among others. It was thus recommended that teachers should be given relevant training on modern evaluation techniques and schools provided the enabling environment for CA to work.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Pilot Projects, Educational Assessment, Secondary Education, Questionnaires, Summative Evaluation, Program Implementation, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Problems, Educational Malpractice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria