INNOVATIONS IN TVET RESEARCH GROUP

The name of Research Group : INNOVATIONS IN TVET RESEARCH GROUP
Justification Brief
Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is an area that governments, development agencies and the academics acknowledge that would offer sustainable panacea to youth unemployment and socioeconomic empowerment; yet it attracts minimal financial support and genuine attention.  It is also an area that academic research has lingered behind everyday reality such that policies are made without empirical bases. Even the few research efforts are poorly disseminated to policy makers who are hardly informed about the nature and scope of TVET. The envisaged out-sourcing to Africa by manufacturing companies from the developed countries cannot materialize unless TVET is properly organized in order to provide the needed skills. Given the age long neglect of this area, it is only consistent researches will unveil innovative interventions that will provide the recognition, resources and impetus needed to accord TVET the pride of place as an academic discipline capable of solving development challenges in Nigeria and Africa at large.
TVET remains a veritable means of reducing poverty, industrialization and economic development of Africa. There is need to professionalization in this area in order to make it responsive to the workforce needs of the region. We cannot continue to count on the generosity of the other continents to supply middle level human capital for Africa, hence when TVET is strengthened will certainly provide the needed skills to service the economy. Every continent prides itself with certain technological identity derivable from the craftsmanship of its people and it is time for Africa to evolve as export its material culture to other peoples of the world. Innovations in TVET research promises to evolve outcomes that will help in re-engineering TVET to improved technical teacher education, up-skilling researchers and developing indigenous digital instructional materials that will be used in technical colleges, polytechnics, and universities.
Research Group Objetives:
1. To undertake researches in TVET systems innovation, programme delivery and best practices in skills development/ Training in formal and non-formal settings
2. To conduct skills gap analysis of emerging occupations for evolution of novel training programmes
3. To explore boundaries/innovations in Greening TVET curriculum accross TVET institutions.
4. To carry out TVET policy analysis and dialogue with stakeholders.
Team Members:
1. Dr Toochukwu Ejiofor B.Sc, PhD Agricultural Education
2. Dr Ngozi M. Eze B.Sc, M.Ed. PhD Home Economics Education
3. Mr Wale Olaitan B.Sc, M. Ed Industrial Technical Education
4. Dr Bernadeth Ezekoye B.Sc, M.Ed,  PhD Instructional Material Design and Implementation in Industrial Technical
5. Dr  Ernest Ugwoke B.Sc, M.Ed, PhD Business Education
6. Mr. Dennis Edafioghe B.Sc, M.Sc, PDTE Computer Education and ICT applications in instructional delivery
7. Mr. Tobias Orji B.Sc Industrial Technical Education
8. Prof. Emmanuel Osinem – Team Coordinator
emma.osinem@unn.edu.ng
ecosinem@yahoo.com
08060925921 B.Sc, PhD
ILO Academy on Skills Development Agricultural Education & Training and TVET Quality Assurance Consultant