ERIC Number: EJ1108071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Revisiting a Student-Oriented Curriculum in the Nigerian Secondary School System
Tawo, R. E.; Arikpo, B.; Asuquo, E.
Africa Education Review, v10 n2 p281-297 2013
The increasing gap between what students learn and what they remember has agitated the minds of educators in recent times. The apparent gap is that teaching tends to be more theoretical than practical. For instance an apparent absence of relevant instructional materials, skilled vocational education personnel and the current lack of awareness on the part of policy makers on the advantages of pragmatic education, constitute current obstacles to the actualisation of pragmatic student-oriented secondary school education curriculum in Nigeria. However, this paper therefore, describes methods by which secondary school education can be made more functional through the introduction of more practical learning schemes which shall ultimately equip graduates with revenue generating and life skills. Fifty teachers and 150 students were randomly selected for the study from formal and non-formal secondary schools in Calabar Metropolis and Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State of Nigeria. Ex-post facto design was adopted. A 16 item questionnaire constructed on a modified four-point Likert-type scale was used for data collection. The data was analysed using simple percentages, independent t-test and a One-way analysis of variance. The findings revealed that, the schools lack adequate instructional materials and adequately trained vocational education teachers. Based on this, it was recommended among others, that a student-oriented curriculum be implemented in line with the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Education For All (EFA) and Universal Basic Education (UBE). Also more practical skills-oriented education and vocational education teachers should be employed to train the students on the development of functional literacy skills.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Centered Curriculum, Secondary School Students, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis, Instructional Materials, Vocational Education Teachers, Teacher Education, Training, Program Implementation, Educational Objectives, Access to Education, Literacy Education, Skill Development, Equal Education, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Educational Quality, Gender Differences, Hypothesis Testing, Prevocational Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria
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