ATTITUDES OF TEACHER-TRAINEES TO CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS AND PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING ACTIVITIES IN A NIGERIA UNIVERSITY
Olabisi Onabanjo University (NIGERIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2015 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Conference name: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2015
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:The 21st century has brought the need for many institutions to seeking solution to producing graduates who are creative and can think critically, analytically and solve problems. It is against this backdrop that this study focused on the attitudinal disposition of teacher-trainees to creative problem solving skills and problem-based learning activities of university undergraduates. The study was carried out using the survey type of research. The sample comprised of 640 students as respondents from the Faculty of Education, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria in penultimate and final years across the sixteen existing programmes of study. The instruments used for the data collection were two researcher-designed structured questionnaires named Attitudinal scale on Creative Problem Solving Skills and Problem-Based Learning Activities Attitude Scale. Four hypotheses were formulated and tested at 0.05 level of significance. The data collected were analysed using frequency counts, percentages, mean and standard deviation, t-test and ANOVA. The findings revealed that there is significant relationship between the attitudinal disposition of teacher -trainees to Creative problem solving skills and problem-based learning activities in the University. Based on the findings, it recommended amidst others that Teacher education programmes should continuously focus on training would-be teachers the principles and practice of the creative problem solving skills and problem-based learning activities as part of curricular mandate in the University.
Keywords: Attitudinal disposition, Teacher-trainees, Creative problem solving skill, Problem-based learning activities.