BY SIKIRU AKINOLA, OAU
Any aspiring teacher at any level must be properly grounded in the methodological rudiments which will enable him to function effectively and disseminate information efficiently to students.
This was made known by educationists at a two-day workshop organised by the Research and Publications Committe held at the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.
Welcoming participants to the lecture entitled: Evolving High Quality Research Proposal and Paper-writing, the Acting Provost of the College, Mr. G.O Oyewobi said that students have reduced the art of research report-writing to more of classroom essay writing.
The major reasons, according to the don, can be attributed to poor teaching methods on the part of the teacher due to lack of expertise, inadequate learning and teaching periods and reference materials.
He added that the business of quality research proposal requires special skills in the art and science of writing ‘as we are all aware that the problems faced by the beginner researchers can be very daunting.’
Speaking on professionalisation of academics, one of the resource persons, Prof. Afolabi Okewole of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, explained that teaching, like all other important sectors of the management and development process, has its laid-out format of training which best equips the practitioner in the education sector.
He observed that the format not only provides the detailed curricula for the progressive build-up of the knowledge contained in the approved curricula but also the method of transmitting such knowledge to the students concerned.
Another lecturer from LAUTECH, Prof. Oladipo A.T noted that in today’s environment, the need and demand for a better understanding about almost all aspects of pure and applied science are exceeding the resources available for research required to provide this understanding.
He said that it is therefore extremely important that the research that is done must be of the highest quality and of immediate or potential significance.
“A sound scientific methodology at least assures that the results of the research have a high probability of being true. It will be up to the others to determine the relative significance and importance of the research. Change in the relationship between science and society creates new challenges for scientists.
“There arises a need to be more proficient in the field of communication. Written communication is more difficult to learn, more factual and archival. The ultimate proof to show that one has arrived in the field of science lies in one’s success in written communication.
“Writing a paper may seem like a daunting process for the inexperienced researcher and sometimes, for those who are experienced. However, this does not need to be the case if the approach is logical and systematic. The quality of paper often depends on the planning that goes in before the paper is actually written.”
Other resource persons at the workshop were Professors Samuel Ogundare and Oladipo A.T of Tai Solarin University of Education and LAUTECH respectively. Dr. R. Adefabi and Mr Kayode Oyedepo were Chairman and Secretary of the 12-man team that organised the workshop.