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Innovation for Transformation in Nigeria University Education: Implications for the Production of Critical and Creative Thinkers.

ERIC Descriptors: Student Attitudes; Educational Innovation; Foreign Countries; Sampling; Lecture Method; Creative Teaching; Surveys; Educational Change; Questionnaires; Validity; Teaching Methods; Brain Hemisphere Functions; Educational Technology

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This descriptive survey research studied innovation for transformation in Nigeria university education: implications for the production of critical and creative thinkers. Thus, students' perception of knowledge generation and dissemination by university lecturers were elicited. From a population of registered students in a Nigerian university, 200 third-year students were selected from five departments of the institution using simple random sampling techniques. Two research questions were posed, while three hypotheses formulated to guide the study. QACU (Questionnaire for Assessing Creative Teaching in Universities) was constructed, validated and used for data collection. The collated data were analyzed using percentage, mean and t-test statistic. The results showed that most of the teachings currently going on in Nigerian universities are left brained, rely more on written and oral modes of testing than on projects and use more lecture method of delivery than technology-assisted means. It was recommended that there is the urgent need to review both the curriculum of the tertiary institutions, retrain the teaching staff to use both brains and technology in teaching and train the students to do the same. (Contains 5 tables.)

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Author:Onu, V. C.; Eskay, M. K.; Obiyo, N. O.; Igbo, J. N.; Ezeanwu, A. B.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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