THE DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: CHALLENGES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Suleiman Ibrahim Na?ibi
Volume 6(2), July 2015

Abstract

Although various efforts have been made since the early period of western education in Nigeria to improve teacher education which culminated in the award of various education certificates by different teacher training institutes still there are certain problems surrounding the conduct of teacher education. This paper reviews the literature on the contributions of Christian missionaries towards the development of teacher education in Nigeria, the impacts of PhelpStoke?s and Ashby?s Commissions on the development of teacher education in Nigeria and the teacher education in contemporary Nigeria. The paper further examines the challenges facing teacher education in Nigeria, which include poor policy implementation, poor condition of service and the brain drain syndrome, quality assurance and internal efficiency, insufficient knowledge and the use of information technology (ICT) and the non-professionalization of teaching, among others. And finally it recommends solutions for