The probability, prospect and efficacy of Heutagogy in distance learning for lifelong and continuing education in Nigeria

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Bakare, T.V.
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University of Dschang, Cameroon
There is a pressing need to use teaching/learning methods that fit the requirements of the noughties. This is autodidactic learning that is suited to the distance mode of learning and is meant to produce learners who will be self-directing and master the use of technology in a bid to fit better into the global learning community, and be lifelong learners. The study was a survey to explore the efficacy of the use of Heutagogical principles in the University of Lagos Distance Learning Institute. Six Research questions and one hypothesis guided the study. Four hundred students were selected using proportionate and stratified random sampling techniques, and a duly validated 21-item questionnaire, with a reliability co-efficient of .86 obtained, using test-retest method; along with Key Informant Interview sessions with Lecturers and Administrative staff to corroborate, showed that Heutagogical principles were being observed, but only to a certain degree. The hypothesis, with a calculated x² value of 70.94, which is greater than the table value of 5.99, given 2 degrees of freedom, at 0.05 level of significance, was rejected. The study found evidence of use of Heutagogical principles in the management of DLI students. However, the extent of compliance was found to be generally low, and inconsistent with the desired method of learning in this technological age. It was thus suggested that more elements of Heutagogy be incorporated into the method of teaching and learning in the Distance Learning Institute for national development and global compliance.
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Heutagogy , Web 2.0 , Andragogy , Social Media , Lifelong learning , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Bakare, T.V. (2018). The probability, Prospect and Efficacy of Heutagogy in Distance Learning for Lifelong and Continuing Education in Nigeria. Contemporary Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (COJIS). 7(4),1 -28.