Curriculum Implementation Status and Adoption of ICT Resources in Distance Learning Programme of the Nigerian Teachers’ Institute
As novel as the notion of establishing the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) Distant Learning Studies is a general observation shows that various people still pick flaws in the programme, especially, its Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) at the implementation level. Some quarters doubt the quality of teaching manpower produced as well as how realistic the synergy of combining NTI teacher education with new technology in the training centres. These observations prompted this study which examined “curriculum implementation status and adoption of ICT resources in distance learning programme of the Nigerian Teachers’ Institute. The descriptive survey was guided by three research questions. Curriculum Implementation Status and ICT Resources Rating Scale with a reliability co-efficient of 0.84 was used to collect data from 373 respondents (73 facilitators and 300 students). Frequency count, percentage weights and pie-chart were used for data analysis. The findings revealed that: the programme facilitators are 82.3% and 70.0% qualified qualification wise and in working experience respectively; The adoption of many ICT resources are inadequate except the use of mobile phones with 70.0% adoption; and a below average (43.3%) rating in supervision and monitoring of the teacher education curriculum implementation, but a fairly regular supervision and monitoring of classroom instructional practices for quality assurance (53.4%). It is recommended that basic ICT courses should be part of NCE curriculum for its gradual integration into the teacher preparation process. Also, the government at all times must be cautions not to leave the curriculum implementation affairs in the hands of non-professionals for maximum yield.
Keywords: Curriculum Implementation, ICT Resources, Teacher Education.