Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An analysis of the effectiveness of secondary school civic education on the attainment of national objectives in Nigeria
by Okeahialam, Ujunwa Patrick, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2013, 204; 3603971
Abstract (Summary)

Noting that colonial policies worked against the integral development of Nigeria, post-colonial administrations employed different policy initiatives to redress the situation. This case study aimed to measure the effectiveness of secondary school civic education in this regard. The Federal Capital Territory Abuja was chosen as the place of study due to its rich demographic variables. Fifty-four participants, covering six different segments of stakeholders were interviewed for analysis and results. The examination results in civic education at the end of the nine years of "Universal Basic Education" (UBE) program and the crime data of secondary school age students were also examined for enhanced credibility. The latter served as indicators of students' understanding of the content of civic education and the demand for effective citizenship respectively. Since civic education was introduced into the UBE program to shore-up dwindling national objectives through education, the study used Human Capital Theory as the theoretical framework. This study was conducted between April and September, 2013. The findings showed that ingrained ethnic consciousness in the community, bad leadership, distorted value outlook, and get-rich-quick syndrome diminished the effectiveness of secondary school civic education in the quest for the actualization of national objectives.

Key Terms: National Objectives, Civic Education, Universal Basic Education, Human Capital

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ramirez, Al
Commitee: Harmon, Corinne, Krumholz, Patrick, Martinez, Sylvia, Strawn, Dallas
School: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Department: College of Education - Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Education Policy
Keywords: Civic education, Effective citizenship, Human capital, National consciousness, National objectives, Universal basic education
Publication Number: 3603971
ISBN: 978-1-303-58937-9
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