Rima International Journal of Education (RIJE)

ISSN Print: 2756 – 6749

Rima International Journal of Education

Rima International Journal of Education was founded in January 2021 by the Faculty of Education of Sokoto State University

Improvisation and Digital Literacy: A Viable Alternative to Ill-Equipped Laboratories in Basic and Post- Basic Education in Nigeria

Improvisation and Digital Literacy: A Viable Alternative to Ill-quipped Laboratories in Basic and Post- Basic Education in Nigeria

Nuhu Ishaq Lawal, Babawuro Shuaibu and Umar Sodangi
1Department of Science and Vocational Education, Faculty of Education and Extension Services, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
2Department Vocational and Technology Education, Faculty of Technology Education, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
3Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Federal University, Gusau

Abstract

Effective teaching of science subjects can only be achieved through “learning by doing” (practical activities) in well-equipped laboratory. The ill-equipped science laboratories have reached an alarming level thereby making learning by doing impossible in Nigerian science schools. This paper takes a look at the concept and skills or techniques of improvising science teaching equipment (instructional materials) as a viable alternative and a panacea to ill-equipped laboratories in our post-basic education in Nigeria. The paper concludes that ill-equipped laboratories and inadequate digital equipment in Nigerian schools, caused by underfunding, global financial crises and brazen corruption in the education sector is one of the current myriads of problems facing science and technology learning and teaching in Nigerian post basic education levels that need urgent attention. As government alone cannot remedy these problems, other stakeholders in science and technology education need to come in to surmount the problem. The paper suggests among other things, that schools should encourage and motivate science teachers to develop basic improvisation skills through the use of local materials and resource persons in the host community.

Keywords

Improvisation and Digital Literacy, Ill-equipped laboratories and Basic and Post basic Education

Keywords

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