Abstract

This study evaluated the availability of instructional and human resources for early childhood education in River State, Nigeria. Analytical survey design was used to provide relevant information for the research questions and two hypotheses posed. Through stratified random sampling technique, the head teachers of early childhood education centers from l65 public and 87 approved private primary schools comprised the research subjects. The instrument (EAIHRECEQ) was administered to all the head teachers of the mentioned centers. The data gathered using the instrument was organized and analyzed using mean, frequencies, ratio, standard deviation and ttest at 0.05 significant level. Findings revealed among others that instructional resources in form of charts and toys are grossly inadequate in public schools but moderately adequate in private schools. There is adequate supply of teachers and minders in both public and private schools, even though this supply is significantly more adequate for public schools. Unfortunately, these personnel were neither trained nor exposed to early childhood pedagogy. Based on the findings, some recommendations were made.

Published in: London International Conference on Education (LICE-2016)

  • Date of Conference: 14-17 November 2016
  • DOI: 10.2053/LICE.2016.0029
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-76-6
  • Conference Location: Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel, UK