The Administration of Reading and Writing in the Mother Tongue for Effective Learning in Primary Schools: An Action Research Study

By Modupe Adeola Adelabu.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This action research was conducted in Ilesa-East Local Government Education Area (LGEA) of Osun State in South West Nigeria. The state is homogeneous with Yoruba language as the Mother Tongue (MT). The focus of the research was to empower school teachers through cluster-school based training to teach and administer the primary school curriculum particularly reading and writing in the Mother Tongue and at the same time teach English as a school subject in grades level one to three. In all, thirty schools were covered with 169 teachers and the LGEA officers as participants. Other stakeholders included the executives of Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) of each participating school. The target participants i.e. teachers in levels 1-3 were mentored and coached by the researchers/facilitators on writing and reading skills and technical skills of lesson preparation and presentation in the Mother Tongue (Yoruba language) and English. By the end of the research which spanned about three years, noticeable and positive changes such as participatory learning and teaching, promotion of critical and creative thinking, and ability to produce effective teaching aids were noted. The use of the MT for teaching encouraged reflective teaching. Active and successful learning took place in the classrooms. The research concluded that when pupils are taught through the mother tongue medium, they perform better in all subjects including English than pupils who are taught through English.

Keywords: Mother-Tongue

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.61-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.679MB).

Dr. Modupe Adeola Adelabu

Associate Professor and Head of Department, Department of Educational Administration and Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria

Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Head of Department, Department of Educational Administration and Planning, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun-State, Nigeria. Dr. Dupe Adelabu holds a doctorate degree in Educational Administration. Dr. Adelabu is an Associate Professor of Educational Administration at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She has published several articles in national and international journals. She has co-authored some books on education and also contributed to several books on education. She is Management Consultant, a Fellow of the Institute of Policy and Gender Studies of Obafemi Awolowo University. Dr. Adelabu is a consultant to the World Bank, the DFID, the Universal Basic Education Commission, Nigeria. She has been involved in various consultancy work on Education, Gender and Policy Related Issues at National and International levels. She has served as resource person for UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO on various educational issues. She was once a board member of National Teachers Institute, Nigeria.