Youth Organisation Activities in Complementing the Improvement and Effective Use of Classroom Instruction in Agriculture in Nigerian Schools

By Edwards A. Alademerin.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Two research questions and one hypothesis guided the study. Questionnaire was used to elicit relevant information from the respondents-school principals, agricultural science teachers and the students. Creating the awareness and interests of youths in agriculture cannot be an overnight and an instant affair. They must be integral parts of the day to day upbringing of our youths right from their schooling days through active participation in youth programmes and events that have much relevance to agriculture. These will
ultimately broaden their understanding of the nature and scope of agriculture in and out of classroom situations. Since our daily lives revolve agriculture in totality, efforts should be made to orientate our youths[in and out of school environments] to appreciate agriculture as a life supporting engine. This study investigated youth organization activities in complementing the improvement and effective use of classroom instruction in Agriculture in Nigerian schools. Two research questions and one hypothesis guided the study. Questionnaire was used to collect relevant information from 15 school principals, 34 agricultural science teachers and 228 agricultural science students randomly selected from a total population of the respondents in Ogun State, South-Western Nigeria. Mean, standard deviation and t-test were used for the analysis. Recommendations made based on the findings of the study include the engagements of the youths more in areas of crop production and livestock production, regular field trips and visits to agricultural shows
among others.

Keywords: Orientate, Totality, School Environments, Field Trips

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.99-108. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.200MB).

Dr. Edwards A. Alademerin

Lecturer, Agricultural Producion and Management Science, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Ogun, Nigeria

Almost 12 years out of 25 years of teaching and lecturing, I have been involved in skills training programme for students in tertiary institution. Apart from my normal primary assignments of lecturing Agricultural Education courses, I also coordinated the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) and Centre for Research and Development in Primary Education (CERDEP). SIWES is a skill training programme designed to expose and prepare the students for the industrial working situation they are likely to meet after graduation. It is a compulsory part of the programme towards acquisition of the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE). I have been involved in the retraining exercises and workshops for Senior Extension Officers and Community Development Officers at the Lagos State Local Government Service Commission, Ikeja-Lagos for over six years. My Doctoral research work between 1998 – 2001 was in the area of Programme Impacts Evaluation on Cassava research and development in Southern Nigeria. The research exposed me to the inherent attributes of Cassava as a Poverty Alleviation crop in the tropical world. The study also equipped us with all the necessary skills and rudiments required in the successful planning in the areas of poverty alleviation programme and initiatives on the poor and the marginalized. I have no doubt that the experiences l have gained during the doctoral field work have prepared me for better challenges ahead in adequate service delivery to mankind.Presently i lecture agriculture courses in my University. My previous and present positions have sharpened my horizons as they prepare me for greater tasks and challenges ahead in life.

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