Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo, has recorded a giant leap in research and development that will leapfrog the institution on global ranking.
This is as the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) approved 12 research proposals from LASU’s Africa Centre of Excellence for Innovative and Transformative STEM Education (LASU-ACEITSE) for its forthcoming international conference, billed for March 2022.
Going by LASU’S record, the 92-year-old National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), the world’s No. 1 organisation of elite STEM education researchers headquartered in the United States never had such a high acceptance rate of proposals from Africa for an International Conference as received for LASU-ACEITSE. Basking in the euphoria of such accomplishment, the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji- Bello, lauded LASU-ACEITSE, the Dean, Faculty of Education and the team of paper presenters.
“It is heart-warming to note that in the 95 years of the organisation, this is the first time such high numbers of papers would be accepted and approved for its international conference, coming up in Canada, early 2022.
This has further lent credence to the fact that LASU is truly a Centre of Excellence and with the best of academic culture, largely driven by scholars of international repute that could favourably compete with others anywhere in the world,” she said.
Meanwhile, a letter announcing the proposals, made available to New Telegraph by the pioneer Director General of the Centre, Distinguished Professor Peter Okebukola, who invented the Culturo-techno-contextual Approach (CTCA) for breaking barriers to the teaching and learning of STEM in 2015, said that the high acceptance rate of the proposals was probably indicative of the increasing global acceptance of CTCA.
“Acceptance of a proposal for a NARST conference is like the camel through the eye of the needle. The rejection rate, even for proposals from high-standing professors of STEM education, is exceedingly high,” it added.
The letter reads in part: “We are happy to report that, today, after three months of rigorous blind reviews by NARST experts (at least three for each proposal), twelve proposals were accepted from LASU’s Africa Centre of Excellence for Innovative and Transformative STEM Education.
This unprecedented performance is the best in the whole of Africa in terms of numbers accepted for the 95th international conference to be held in Vancouver, Canada from March 27-30, 2022. Very interesting and noteworthy for us is that five of LASU undergraduates guided by PhD students of LASU-ACEITSE got their proposals accepted.
This is in a terrain where many STEM education juggernauts fall by the wayside. Six LASU-ACEITSE doctoral students also got their proposals accepted. All the proposals drew research inspiration from one of the central themes of LASU-ACEITSE.
This is the culturo-techno-contextual approach (CTCA) for breaking barriers to the teaching and learning of STEM which was invented by Peter A. Okebukola in 2015 and which has deployed a mobile app for its implementation. The high acceptance rate of the proposals is probably indicative of the increasing global acceptance of CTCA.”