Dons canvass improved research, publications to enhance education
Scholars at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka have canvassed improved research and publications by lecturers to improve the country’s education. They made the call at the weekend, during the Maiden Faculty of Arts Lecture Series.
The university’s intellectuals, including professors, heads of department and lecturers, attended the event, organised by the Dean of Faculty of Arts, Prof. Nnanyelugo Okoro.
Speaking on the theme: “Negotiating the Trajectory in Research Publication and Promotion in the University of Nigeria,” guest lecturer, Prof. Pat Uche Okpoko, identified the need for university lecturers to conduct good research at all times.
In a statement to The Guardian, he said: “Every lecturer must do their research work before coming into the classrooms. Once you see a lecturer talking about his trip to different countries, talking about his family and other irrelevant topics in the classroom, be rest assured that he has not done his research properly.”
He stressed that a good research work automatically leads to publication and promotion.He said: “In raising a problem, a researcher must also raise questions to back it up. The essence of any research is to ensure that the researcher captures the actual, if not it proves abortive and no publisher will publish such work.
“If you ask a question in a manner that is clumsy, whereby people give different answers to it, then you haven’t asked any question.”Okpoko further advised lecturers to improve their computer skills and proffer software that will help them to effectively analyse the data for their research.
Chairman of the event, Prof. Ikenna Dieke, cited the famous Aristotle in saying that ‘great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events, while small minds discuss people.
Dieke, who is the Head of Department of English Language said: “The university belongs to the younger ones, but the younger ones have grown up with a culture of patronage. They want people to patronise them instead of mentoring them.He identified other key issues to include judgmental research work projects, the importance of reviving the local journals, conference attendance, as yardsticks for promotion, impact factors as utilised by academics and the Yellow book.