A renowned academic, Dr. Aminat Aderonke Agoro of the School of Secondary Education (Science Programmes), Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo has advocated the integration of STEM teaching for national unity, adequate security and national development. The Integrated Science dosen made this case as a Lead Paper Presenter at the recently held 9th Biennial National Conference of School of Secondary Education (Science Programmes), Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo.
According to her, within the context of Education, there has been a call for the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for global development. STEM is a problem solver, logical thinker, technologically literate, and able to relate culture to learning which aids national development. Over the years, STEM education has been given attention in the National policy on education but its teaching and recruitment of manpower for it have not been fully in practice which her presentation focuses on.
The renowned scholar’s paper delineates the procedure for developing a good society following the cyclical and continuous process of integrating STEM into the instructional process. It highlights the societal needs of the nation in an era-related pattern as a guide to providing an appropriate education for the citizens. STEM and twenty-first-century education; digital education and entrepreneurial education were discussed. The paper attempts to provide the required inputs of STEM in national development. The issues raised in the presentation considered the basics for successful STEM teaching for the development of Nigeria if the government has the political willpower to deal with presentation bottlenecks.
Dr. Agoro, who was supported- Dr. Omolara Adeboye, a Chief Lecturer and a Chemist, Mr. Akinloye Oyediran, a Chief Lecturer and Dr. Aminat A. Ahmed, Senior Lecturer, both in the Department of Integrated Science, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo submitted among others that integrating STEM education through project-based activities has the potential of increasing the quality of learning and enhancing motivation. There must be an investment in the professional development of In-service teachers as well as reorganisation of the Teacher Education program at all tertiary institutions (public and private). There should be a highly structured, flexible, and practicable curriculum that allows teachers to teach STEM subjects effectively. There should also be an increase in the number and quality of STEM teachers to help students develop 21st-century skills.
Below is the full text of her paper presented at the 9th Biennial National Conference of the School of Secondary Education (Science Programmes), Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo
STEM TEACHING FOR NATIONAL UNITY, SECURITY, AND DEVELOPMENT
By: Dr Aminat Aderonke Agoro
School of Secondary Education (Science Programme),
Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, Oyo State
E-mail: [email protected] Phone No: +234-805-815-6411
A Lead Paper Presented at the 9th Biennial National Conference of School of Secondary Education (Science Programme), Federal College of Education (SP), Oyo