Institute of Education, University of Ibadan
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Brief History of the Institute Of Education, Ibadan

The Institute of Education (IoE) Ibadan came into existence during the 1956/57 academic session, and was then sited in a temporary facility at the old site of the University College Ibadan at Eleyele. In 1960, the Institute was moved to another temporary but more comfortable accommodation in the present Faculty of Arts before it was moved some years later to its present site within the University. Although it was not founded primarily as a teacher training Institute, one of its pioneer functions was training of teachers; and since that was the period of the first free primary education scheme in the South-Western Region of Nigeria, the Institute helped in training teachers for the numerous primary schools that suddenly sprang up and grew tremendously in population. Its first graduates were those trained for a year for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education and non-graduate, trained teachers who were further trained for the Associateship Certificate in Education (ACE). As the business of education was then blossoming, the Institute of Education became a well-known center for education throughout the country as a result of her popular programmes and her graduates were later found in various schools, especially in the southern parts of the country.

Before the establishment of the Institute, the Department of Extra-mural studies had been founded in 1949 for the specific purpose of enhancing the literacy level of citizens, especially through out-of-school programmes. These two establishments became merged in 1962 as the Faculty of Education and Extra-mural Studies, which then produced the first graduates in Education in the country. The Department of Extra-mural Studies grew into the Department of Adult Education. Although the Institute’s activities continued unabated, the distinction between the Faculty, the Department of Education and the Institute of education blurred, especially as the same head occupied the seats of the Director of the Institute, the Head of Department of Education and often, the Dean of the Faculty of Education. However, this came to an end in the 1976/77 session when four new departments were created in the Faculty of Education and the Institute was again fully carved out as a distinct autonomous entity of the University of Ibadan. From the 1976/77 session, Professor E.A. Yoloye was appointed the first Director of the regained autonomous Institute of Education, and he nurtured it in its formative years. He and his research associates played a monumental role in the establishment of the International Centre for Educational Evaluation (ICEE) domiciled in the Institute of Education.

Completed Research Projects
Some of the research projects carried out by the Institute include:

  • Evaluation of the African Primary Science Programme (APSP) sponsored by the Educational Services Incorporated (ESI) later Education Development Centre (EDC), Newton, Massachusetts, USA, (1965-1968).
  • Evaluation of the Science Education Programme in Africa (SEPA) and the African Primary Science Programme, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, (1978-1980).
  • National Assessment of Level of Achievement in English, Mathematics and Science English Literacy and Early Childhood Education; sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) which started in 1983.
  • Monitoring of Learning Achievement (MLA) sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education/UNICEF/UNESCO, April 2003-2004.
  • Mainstreaming Gender in Higher Education Institutions in Nigeria given to us in collaboration with WORDOC by the Association of African Universities (AAU) and Working Group on Higher Education of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) - Sept, 2006-Oct, 2008.
  • Evaluation of the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Programme, sponsored by the Distance Learning Centre, (2006).
  • National Assessment of Educational Performance (NAEP) 2007 sponsored by NECO, (Sept, 2007-June, 2008).
  • Workshop on Measurement and Evaluation sponsored by the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009),
  • Training of University of Ibadan Distance Learning Facilitators on Best Evaluation Practices in Core Courses. Sponsored by the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre - July 2008.
  • Baseline Study and Participatory Rapid Assessment Covering Gender, Teacher/Instructor Gap Analysis, Labour Market and Informal Sector Profiles, sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB) (March, 2009- August 2009)
  • Evaluation of Standards of WAEC Examination.
  • Oyo State Text Book Production Project.
  • UNESCO Project on the Use of Toys and Games in the Teaching of Science.
  • UNICEF Project on Capacity Training in the Assessment of Candidates for the Directors and Assistant Directors in the Ministry of Education.
  • The World Bank Project on ‘How Nigerian Children Learn’.
  • Monitoring of Learning Achievement for the Federal Ministry of Education.
  • Lagos EKO Project Training Workshops sponsored by Lagos State Government and funded by World Bank.


Units and Administrative structure of the Institute of Education

The Institute of Education has six constituents i.e. one (1) Centre and five (5) Units. These are:

1.    The International Centre for Educational Evaluation (ICEE)
This Centre came into formal existence in September 1973, as a result of a tripartite co-operation between the University of Ibadan, the Science Education Programme for Africa (SEPA), and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  Before the formal establishment of the Centre, it was operated on an experimental basis for a year (September 1972 – June 1973).  The Centre was set up to combat major problems of educational innovation in Africa, two of which were:

  • The shortage of trained manpower for evaluation of educational innovation in African countries.

ii.    Deficiencies in available techniques and instruments for evaluation of educational innovation in African countries.
Funds for the trial year as well as a substantial grant for the first three years of the permanent Centre were provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
The Science Education Programme for Africa helped to establish a link with countries to train in ICEE. The Ford Foundation also offers a number of fellowships to trainees especially from non-commonwealth African countries. The German Foundation (D.S.E) also offered scholarships to candidates nominated by members of the African Curriculum Organisation (ACO).

Four main functions of the Centre:
a.   Training of evaluators
b.   Research into evaluation techniques and instruments
c. Contractual evaluation of specific projects
d. Curriculum development as well as monitoring and evaluation of learning achievement.
The Centre has trained many evaluators who have occupied and are occupying top management positions in Examination Bodies, Curriculum Centres, Education-based institutions and Commissions, Universities as well as Civil Society Organizations. The Centre has also conducted large scale evaluation of many big programmes and organizations.  

2.    Educational Services Unit
One of the major functions of this Unit is to coordinate the moderation of programmes of Colleges of Education that are affiliated to the University of Ibadan through the Institute of Education. Two of the Colleges - Rivers State College of Education, Port-Harcourt and Tai Solarin College of Education, Ijebu-Ode have attained the status of University and the Institute of Education is winding down with them. But two Colleges - Osun State College of Education, Ilesa and St. Augustine’s College of Education, Lagos- are still on board and there are new ones that have been granted affiliation by the University under a new arrangement but with the Institute of Education still very highly involved.
Though there is the new arrangement of affiliation as mentioned above, the Educational Services Unit will remain the arm of the Institute to handle Educational Services of the Institute. When Colleges of Education were created for the purpose of producing middle level manpower to teach in secondary schools, the Educational Services Unit of the Institute of Education handled the supervisory role of the University of Ibadan for these Colleges. The Unit in performing its oversight function has run the Associateship Certificate in Education (ACE) programme, Nigerian Certificate in Education and also the Bachelor of Education degree courses in affiliated Colleges. In the past, this Unit also moderated the National Certificate of Education (NCE) programmes and also the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree courses in, affiliated Colleges. In the past, the unit also moderated Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) programme and other sub-degree programmes, especially to ease many problems of public examining in Nigeria before the establishment of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). The Unit has the capacity and plans to mount more programmes, especially to ease many problems of public examining in Nigeria.

3.    Research and Publications Unit
This Unit: 

  • Conducts research in all aspects of education at institutional levels where for example, the Unit carried out evaluation of the African Primary Science Programme (APSP) and evaluation of the West African Examinations Council National office in Lagos.
  • Undertakes contracts and consultancies in project evaluation and research. Examples in this regard include the National Assessment of Level of Achievement in Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills for the Monitoring of Learning Achievement (MLA).
  • Generates research proposals and activities as exemplified by the Unit’s conduct of the AfDB sponsored Baseline Study and Participatory Rapid Assessment and gap analysis of Labour Market and Informal Sector Profiles.
  • Undertakes publication of journals, for example, the West African Journal of Education (WAJE), a thriving international Journal of high repute published since the 1970s. Publication of Abstracts of thesis, Newsletter, Handbook for Students and other occasional publications are also the responsibilities of the Unit. Before the Nigerian Careers Council became moribund, the Unit published the CAREERS Journal for the Council.  The Institute has over twenty four “Occasional Publications” published by the Unit.

4.     Outreach Services Unit
The Unit is responsible for:  conducting / coordinating training workshops on behalf of the Institute; organising Conferences, Staff seminars and lectures as well as Guest lectures; writing and submitting training proposals to organizations and individuals who may need such services for their staff capacity building. It equally sources areas of partnership / collaboration with both the ‘Town’ and other units within the University; in the last regard, the Unit is currently publishing a book on Issues in Contemporary Evaluation with the Post Graduate School, University of Ibadan. It has coordinated some training workshops such as the Lagos EKO Project Training Workshops, as well as International Conferences.

5     Computer and Technical Unit
The function of this Unit is to organize computer training programmes mainly for staff and students and members of the public as well. It also provides technical support for staff, students and public in the use of various aspects of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

  • School Services Unit

It is this Unit of the Institute of Education that undertakes the mandatory supervision of the University of Ibadan Staff School and the International School, University of Ibadan, which the Institute of Education has been doing consistently since the inception of the two laboratory schools. In the 2010/2011, 2011/2012 2012/2013 academic sessions respectively, several visits were made to the schools. A 14 member team comprised mostly members of senior and other cadres of the academic staff of the Institute of Education supervised teaching and learning activities in the schools for the assurance of quality control. In addition, the Institute, on request, currently supervises some private schools that are keen on maintaining standards, drawing from the wealth of knowledge and experience of the staff in the Institute.

  • Links Programme, Fellowships and Institutional Grants Unit

The Link Programmes, Fellowships and Institutional Grants Unit was created on 1 August, 2013. The Unit liaises between the Institute and other units of the University. It is expected to source for grants and send information on grants to academic staff and students. Liaise with OIP, MIS and ICT, Media Centre, etc of the University. In summary its functions include:

  • establishing links between the Institute with international and national relevant academic and research bodies, associations, multilateral organisations,
  • partnering and collaborating with Foundations and Centres, and  
  • ensuring greater visibility for flow of information from all Units in the University and individuals for action or dissemination as appropriate. 

In summary, Institute of Education areas of expertise include the following:

  • Curriculum development in all subjects
  • Training of teachers on content and methods,
  • Training of school managers on school administration and students on study habit and learning strategies.
  • School, state national and international based assessment.
Evaluation of projects and programmes