Entries on Education
Project writing is a basic requirement for the graduation of both undergraduate and postgraduate students of any institution of higher learning. However, having coordinated and observed numerous defence panels as a long-established academic, I have noticed the sharp decline in the performance of students in their project/research work particularly in the last decade. Essential areas of project writing such as Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Scope of Work, Statement of Problem, Literature Review and References are almost always incorrectly or poorly written. In addition, new areas/subheadings that are irrelevant on their own—as they are already subsumed in the existing areas mentioned—are added to the project work.
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) begins with getting to know children. This also means getting to know families and communities. Understanding the important roles families and community play in ECCE programmes helps teachers build positive, respectful relationships that support children’s learning and development. The child is seen as a unique individual who will learn at his/her own pace.Children thrive when placed in a friendly environment where they can experience cultural values and traditional practices with the support of parents and the community. Learning experiences should be meaningful and relevant in helping children make connections between what is being taught and their own life experiences within a nurturing and secure environment that encourages the child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.
In life as grown-ups, we know that it is pertinent to emulate particular attributes that point to bravery and greatness. A stance we have sincerely maintained as a principle, believing also in its worth thus, that it shall be one of the greatest treasures that we would leave behind when we are finally gone. Significant of these attributes is the fact that it is life when we are no longer here, for only our good or bad deeds count as our legacies, when we would have departed this tough world for our ancestral sweet home - Heaven. A principle which also gave birth to this work, A Million Miles Away. About six years ago (17th October, 2003), the 33rd Osana of Keana kingdom was enthroned, an event which opened the gate way to the entire society to say what they deemed fit on the personality involved, Senator Sir Emmanuel Onyatikpo Elayo. A Million Miles Away is one of those works, adapting its unique dimension. It is basically an academic searchlight that beams all through the tunnels of the life events of the personality in his over seven decades in this world. Perhaps for the authors, the Philanthropic and Magnanimous qualities of the personality in question captured their interest in him. As such, it then behoved on us that no matter how much it rains on a leopard its beautiful spots do not wash away, rather they get brighter. And so like the leopard’s spots, it is also difficult to erase the ink when it has been printed on the slates.
The Successors provides a panoramic sweep of two family generations: The Atsens’ and the Amehs’. It explores the lives of Terkura Atsen, the short-lived patriarch, and Okoh Ameh and moves to the next generation and the challenges of succession in society, business and politics. David Atsen who inherits a multibillion naira business empire and Ifenne Ameh who struggles to build up his worth from the scratch.
News gathering and news writing is central to journalism. It is where the account of an event is sharpened up and honed to a story. It sets the stage for a story to begin labour pains to deliver on the pages of a newspaper, television, or radio bulletin for the consumption of diverse demographic audiences. Journalism is about acquiring skills rather than just learning concepts. That is a very important thin dividing line between journalism and mass communication. But even when concepts are learned, they are intended to be put to practical use to serve the purpose of effective communication. Therefore, the aim of journalism is effective and practical communication with a heterogeneous audience from varying demographic hues. Journalism is a profession. Like advertising and public relations, journalism is the offshoot of mass communication. Journalism is about people and events. It is prose in a hurry.
Parenting, Child Self-Esteem and Achievement Motivation is a book that really educates parents on parenting. The author has taken time to give parents, teachers and researchers theories and models of parenting, particularly the author’s model of authoritative parenting, for educating and training of parents. The interesting areas for parents to look out for are the various parenting styles; appropriate, inappropriate and dysfunctional parenting. The book is not limited to parents alone, it deals with teachers as well. The personality variables of self-esteem and achievement motivation were explained as well as how parents and teachers can help in developing them in children.
Parenting, Child Self-Esteem and Achievement Motivation is a book that really educates parents on parenting. The author has taken time to give parents, teachers and researchers theories and models of parenting, particularly the author’s model of authoritative parenting, for educating and training of parents. The interesting areas for parents to look out for are the various parenting styles; appropriate, inappropriate and dysfunctional parenting. The book is not limited to parents alone, it deals with teachers as well. The personality variables of self-esteem and achievement motivation were explained as well as how parents and teachers can help in developing them in children. I have no regrets therefore in recommending this book to parents and teachers for personal guidance on parenting and development of children’s self-esteem and achievement motivation. Finally, it will be a useful tool for researchers who are interested in carrying out research on parenting, child self-esteem and achievement motivation.
The book Management Issues in Education is another attempt to meet the need of all categories of students in educational management. The topics chosen and discussed in this book were carefully determined from the context of their relevance in bringing some critical areas in educational management into focus.
The desire of students to have an in-depth knowledge of the Guidance and Counselling Services necessitates the idea for this book. Its sixteen chapters have attempted to introduce the Guidance and counselling services to those coming into the Counselling profession. To give them a good starting point, the book starts with a brief history of the evolution and development of modern Guidance and Counselling in Nigeria, while chapter two identifies some salient services in Guidance and Counselling programme. Chapters three to fifteen of the book handle the respective services and their role in educational and social development. The thirteen chapters discuss the concepts, aims, approaches and functions among other salient issues of the respective services. Chapter sixteen evaluates the general performance of the services in helping the society. The good presentation of the work makes it very easy for students to read and comprehend I recommend this book for those that need to understand the basic rudiments of the Guidance and Counselling services. The materials in the book are gathered from competent sources which are all acknowledged as per the references lists. I am grateful to all that have provided the information, services, financial and moral support which helped in the completion of this book.
My inspiration to write this book stems from my experience as a driver with the International Centre for Aids, Treatment and Care Programme (ICAP), an organisation which was established with the support of the U.S government to see that people are not dying from HIV. ICAP had the mandate to work in Nigeria for five years before it metamorphosed into an indigenous organisation which is known today as the Center for Intergrated Health Programme (CIHP) under the directorship of the amiable and hardworking Dr Bola Oyeledu who started with ICAP as Country Director before becoming the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Centre for Integrated Health Programme where she has and is still saving many lives.
Education as a process of acculturation exists in every culture of any people in the world with the aim of meeting the needs of the learner and those of the immediate community as well as the wider society. This process of educating or training the younger generation and gradually integrating them into meaningful and functional adult life does not necessarily mean literacy and is not limited to occurring within the four walls and corners of a classroom. The health and wealth of any nation depend on its educational system and thus no society can rise above its level of education; be it African or European. Charity they say begins at home. This is because the home is the first environment the child finds him/herself. Therefore, the family which is the smallest social unit of the society serves as the base for the success or failure of education of all kinds anywhere in the world.
University education has become the priority of every Ni- gerian, and majority of the people see it as the ultimate which any family can provide for its wards to attain the required knowledge in order to become successful in the society. A university is an institution where all kinds of academic programmes such as diplomas, pre-degrees, post graduate diplomas; masters and doctorate degrees are offered. It is the only educational institution in the world that offers such numerous programmes which explains the name "citadel of learning" meaning the highest place of learning which has intellectuals who have reached the peak of their chosen fields.