THE PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF PHYSICS TEACHER EDUCATION PROGAMME FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

Ibrahim, A. I., Esaduwha, S. O., Shitu, M.

Department of Physics, Federal College of Education, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria

 

ABSTRACT

Teacher education is an important enterprise because no education can rise above the quality of its teacher’s suggesting the need for proper and adequate reform. This paper examines the problems and challenges of physics teacher education program in Nigeria such as curriculum content, teaching methods, teacher quality, instructional resources and the knowledge of physics teacher on Information and Communication Technology, (ICT). The paper highlighted some of the prospects of physics teacher education reform for Nigerian economic and technology development. It also discusses the way forward to the current challenges for physics teacher education in Nigeria. Based on this, recommendations were made on the key reform issues; government and the stakeholder should provide instructional material, training and retraining of physics teachers on information and communication technology, (ICT), government should ensure proper monitoring and implementation of the education reform, all level of education should be provide with adequate qualified physics teacher that would transform  physics teacher education program that can ensure sustainable economic technological development in Nigeria.

 

Keywords: Education Reform, Teacher Education, Sustainable Development and Physics   Teacher Education

 

INTRODUCTION

Teacher education is a programme that nurtures individuals to become professional teachers. It involves making those in training to obtain requisite knowledge in their different subject areas and theories and principles that guide the practice of teaching. Teacher education programme at the University level is based on the provisions for the training of teachers at the tertiary level which were drawn from the National policy on Education (NPE) (FRN, 2004). Faculty of education is expected to produce prospective teachers with proper leadership qualities, knowledge, skills, and attitudes which will enable them to contribute to the growth and development of their communities in particular and the nation in general. >>>>Read more>>>>

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