EDUCATIONAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH GROUP

Group Name: EDUCATIONAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH GROUP
Focus: Basic and applied research into human resources development, curriculum and pedagogy, psychometrics, teacher capacity improvement, educational environment management and public educational financing.
Coordinator: Prof. Zephrinus Chidubem. Njoku
Email: zephrinus.njoku@unn.edu.ng, zephnjoku@yahoo.com Phone: 08033581170, 08028242748
Members:
1. Prof. Z. C. Njoku(Science and Technology Education) (Coordinator)
2. Prof. A. A. Nwosu ( Science Education)
3. Prof. F. A, Okwo (Educational Technology and Communication)
4. Dr. C. R. Nwagbo ( Science Education)
5. Dr. J. C. Onuoha (Social Science Education)
6. Dr. T. C. Ogbuanya (Vocational Teacher Education)
7. Dr. T. Ofoegbu(Educational Technology)
8. Dr. E. U. Okorie (Science Education)
9. Mr. I. Ohanu (Vocational Teacher Education)
10. Mr. Ugwuanyi C. (Physics Education)
11. Prof.  Julie Ibiam ( Early Childhood Education and Development)
12. DrAgah John (Educational Psychometrics)
CONCEPT NOTE
Education in Nigeria has many issues impeding teaching and learning, and thus depressing learning achievement at all levels. Due to several constraints in teaching, learning and resourcing, the problems of subsequent low access and poor learning achievement have tended to negatively influence the value which parents and their children attach to education. This has impacted negatively on school retention and completion rates.
There have been series of policies and policy changes to tackle the problems in the education sector. Policy instability in the sector has tended to create more confusion than enlightenment. Majority of these policies have never been properly implemented before being thrown out as unworkable. How can there be more enduring policies and policy implementation in the education sector?
Human resources development for the education sector is another area of critical concern to all stakeholders in the education sector. There is a paucity of human power in the disciplines of language education, vocational education as well as science and technology education and training.  The available human power in these discipline often lack capacity to carry their assigned jobs well. This situation calls for critical evaluation of the capacity gaps in the available teaching work force of the various disciplines and find strategies to fill these gaps.
School administration, school plant maintenance and human power recruitment and deployment are some of the problems impeding progress in schools. Staff moral and attitudes are some of the problems confronting school leadership and administration. In what ways can these series of negatives be improved to make educational institutions more responsive to the needs of the learners and their parents?
The Educational and Human Resources Development Research Group is formed to carry on research and development activities in education and human capital development beyond academic institutions. This group intends to embark on research and development activities in curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, educational administration and planning, educational measurement and evaluation, educational project monitoring and evaluation, special learners and the gifted, educational access and bottle neck analysis, community based educational objectives and initiatives etc. This group has carefully selected its membership to include specialists in various areas of education. It is hope that the group would be able to attract grants needed to pursue their goals in educational research and development.
Prof. Z. C, Njoku
Group Coordinator