Tag Archives: Nigerian Universities

Development and Evaluation of Instructional Video for Teaching and Learning Woodwork Technology Psychomotor Skills in Nigerian Universities: Implication for the Production of Competent Graduates (Published)

Woodwork is one of the areas of Technical Education programme at the University level in Nigeria. The objectives of this programme have not been achieved due to the inadequate nature of materials and human resources for implementing its curriculum. In order to address the issue of Technical Education graduates not possessing employable skills, an intervening measure is to develop and evaluate instructional video for teaching and learning Woodwork Technology. The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate Woodwork Technology instructional video. Five (5) research questions guided the study. The population of this study comprised of twenty two (22) heads of units of Building/Woodwork Construction Technology in all the twenty two (22) Universities in Nigeria whose Technical Education programme were accredited as at 2012. The purposive sampling technique was used to select 10 Heads of Units of Building/Woodwork Construction Technology. Primary data were collected using camera and its accessories, and the modified Province of Prince Edwards Island Department of Education DVD/ Video Evaluation form. The data collected was analyzed using frequency count and mean. Based on the findings of the study, it was concluded that the developed instructional video for teaching and learning practical skills in Woodwork Technology at the University level is suitable in terms of its content, instructional design, technical design, and social consideration.

Keywords: Development, Evaluation, Learning, Nigerian Universities, Teaching, Technical Education, instructional video, psychomotor skills, woodwork technology

Hindering Impact of Nigerian English and Pidgin on the Learning and Standard English in Nigerian Universities (Published)

English is the language of instruction, study, and testing in all institutions of higher learning in Nigeria. Despite the fact that Nigerian English and Pidgin are means of communication in Nigeria, they pose many problems in learning English in the universities. They are sources of errors and non-standard expressions in English. The two varieties are non-standard and constitute impediment to the learning of accepted official usage. They are widely spoken and understood by many Nigerians. Quite often, a great number of students prefer to express themselves in Pidgin English and Nigerian English rather than go through the mental rigours of speaking simple correct English. Students sometimes use them interchangeably in speech and writing in the course of their studies and assignments. The use of these nonstandard varieties discourages the learning of the accepted standard usage and orthography. This paper discusses the learning problems created by Nigerian English and Pidgin English in our university and recommends strategies for discouraging the negative effects these nonstandard varieties have on sound learning of English as a second language in Nigeria.

Keywords: English, Nigerian English, Nigerian Universities, learning standard, pidgin

Environmental Literacy Education as a Necessary Pedestal for Domestication of the Green Campus Concept: The Challenge for Nigerian Universities (Published)

The threats of global unsustainable social and economic activities to man’s environment, especially in the early 1990’s, gave rise to International Conferences and Summits that considered, among other things, what colleges and universities should do to bring about a sustainable future for mankind. Along the line, the Green Campus Concept was born out of a Blueprint for a Green Campus developed in one of the said Summits. The Blueprint outlines guidelines for domesticating the Concept, including the use of Environmental Literacy/Sustainability Education to actualize the domestication process. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the necessity of environmental literacy/sustainability education as a pedestal for development of Green Campus Initiatives and the challenge this poses to Nigerian Universities. Based on the result of her recent related research study, the author of this paper has made critical suggestions that could help in tackling the challenge.

Keywords: Domestication, Environmental literacy education, Nigerian Universities, green campus blueprint, green campus concept, green campus initiatives.

Demographic Factors Affecting ICT Utilisation by Undergraduate Students in Some Selected Universities in Nigeria (Published)

This study investigated the demographic factors affecting utilization of Information and Communication Technologies by undergraduate students in Nigeria. The factors examined include gender, age, religion, marital status and type of university.  The study adopted a survey design approach and the questionnaire was administered on 1000 students across various Nigerian universities. 500 students were from two federal universities while 500 were from two state universities. Data were analysed using descriptive (frequency distribution) and inferential (Chi-square, PPMC and t-test analysis) statistical tool. Findings showed that the male gender utilizes ICTs more than the female gender, students below age 20 use ICT more than those between ages 20 and 30 years, single students utilize ICT more than the married and traditional worshippers use ICT more than Muslims while the Christian use of ICT is the lowest. The groups that use ICT more consequently experience greater benefits in terms of productivity and profit.

Keywords: ICT, Nigerian Universities, Undergraduate Students, Utilisation., demographic

Demographic Factors Affecting ICT Utilisation by Undergraduate Students in Some Selected Universities in Nigeria (Published)

This study investigated the demographic factors affecting utilization of Information and Communication Technologies by undergraduate students in Nigeria. The factors examined include gender, age, religion, marital status and type of university.  The study adopted a survey design approach and the questionnaire was administered on 1000 students across various Nigerian universities. 500 students were from two federal universities while 500 were from two state universities. Data were analysed using descriptive (frequency distribution) and inferential (Chi-square, PPMC and t-test analysis) statistical tool. Findings showed that the male gender utilizes ICTs more than the female gender, students below age 20 use ICT more than those between ages 20 and 30 years, single students utilize ICT more than the married and traditional worshippers use ICT more than Muslims while the Christian use of ICT is the lowest. The groups that use ICT more consequently experience greater benefits in terms of productivity and profit.

Keywords: ICT, Nigerian Universities, Undergraduate Students, Utilisation., demographic

EXPERT OR NOVICE IN INFORMATION SEARCHING, ACCESS AND SHARING: AN INFORMATION LITERACY MODEL FOR NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM (Published)

Information resources in whatever forms and format exist for people and not the reverse. The rapidly evolving information landscape has demonstrated a need for education methods and practices to adopt and adapt more virile and responsive strategies. Educational methods and practices, within our increasingly infor-centric society, must facilitate and enhance the librarians’ and students’ ability to harness the power of information which is crucial life skill and a basis for lifelong learning. To survive in this information society, workers and students in Nigerian Universities will need to possess skills beyond those of reading, writing and arithmetic. This study reviewed five (5) information literacy models which include: Kulthau’s Information Search Process (ISP) Model, 8Ws Johnson and Lamb Model, NSW DET Information Skills Process Model, The Big6 Model, and Herring’s PLUS Model. The study recommends the adoption of Herring’s PLUS Model by Nigerian Universities because of their peculiarities and enormous benefits accruable to them by the Model.

Keywords: Information Skills, Information literacy, Library Skills, Literacy Models, Nigerian Universities