Scientific Knowledge and Language Acquisition for Sustainable Development in Multicultural Nigerian Society
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FACULTY OF EDUCATION KAMPALA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
The school is established in a society to protect and preserve the cultural norms, beliefs and traditions of the society at large. Hence, contents of the school curriculum must be in line with the tradition of the society to which the school is located. But in the real sense of it, the scientific knowledge is conflicting with some cultural norms. The study investigated the opinion of selected members of the public (science and language teachers, parents, students, and Ministry of Education officials) on knowledge of science and language acquisition for sustainable development in multicultural Nigerian society. Four validated questionnaires (Teachers, students, parents and Ministry or Education officials) were used in collecting data (r value for student’s questionnaire=0.65, for teacher’s questionnaire=0.72, for parents’ questionnaire=0.68 and Ministry of Education officials’ questionnaire=0.68) using split half method. A sample of 718 obtained from the four different categories of respondents from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states which are representative of all the cultural diversity in Nigeria were used. The study provided answers to eight research questions. The data collected were analyzed descriptively; paired sampled t-test and independent t-test and one way ANOVA to answer the research questions. Results show that the selected members of the public hold negative opinion on the knowledge of science and language acquired for sustainable development in multicultural Nigerian society. There are differences in the opinion of respondents and gender, but no difference in the opinion of different ethnic groups; science has negative role while language has positive role for sustainable development in multicultural Nigerian society. Researchers recommended that strategies to improve public opinion is urgently needed. Science and language teachers should relate concepts to cultural norms and beliefs of the society.
Scientific knowledge , Language , Multicultural , Development , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Babajide, V.F.T. & Komolafe, A.T. (2015). Scientific Knowledge and Language Acquisition for Sustainable Development in Multicultural Nigerian Society: The Public Opinion. KIU Journal of Education, 9, 81 – 96p.