Rufai set to unveil three books
Arrangements are reaching conclusive stages for the unveiling of Dr Saheed Ahmad Rufai’s latest books. The books are Education, Religion and Security in Nigeria: Perspectives on the National Question, Assessing Postgraduate Educational Research for Viva Voce: Insights from Ten Recent Doctoral Theses and Illuminations for Students and Examiners and Curriculum and Pedagogy Across Disciplines.
Rufai is a Development Education Strategist, Curricularist and Pedagogue with an appreciable length of professional practice within the university setting and the development sector.
At different times a lecturer at the University of Lagos, Lagos State University, and Sokoto State University, he holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Pedagogy, having earlier earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Lagos where he taught before joining the Lagos State University
One of the books, Education, Religion and Security in Nigeria: Perspectives on the National Question, is a reflection of the versatility of the author, and education scholar whose contributions to the national question are not focused only on his main professional area of operation, as he ventured into addressing religion and security related issues alongside education.
A three-in-one contribution to national debates, this book is recommended not only for scholars of education, religion, and security studies but also for those interested in current affairs and issues of national and international significance.
In his foreword to Assessing Postgraduate Educational Research for Viva Voce: Insights from Ten Recent Doctoral Theses and Illuminations for Students and Examiners, Professor Tunde Owolabi, Dean, Faculty of Education, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State, says, “the author seems to have attempted to satisfactorily answer four questions related to postgraduate research assessment: What is the essence of a doctoral examination? What are the characteristics of a good examiner of doctoral research? How are examiners selected or appointed for doctoral research? What does an examiner do with his or her assigned doctoral thesis?”
While Professor Oluwayemisi Obashoro-John, Department of Adult Education, University of Lagos, Lagos, says, “the book is the shared experience and inner workings of the author as a thesis supervisor and examiner.
“It is worthy of note that he lays no claims, anywhere in the book, to have put forward principles of assessing doctoral theses. He however laid bare his robust methodology, sensitive attention to ethical issues concerning the confidentiality of candidates and their institutions as well as general data protection matters. These show the familiarity of the author with theses writing and examination.”
This book will enable supervisors to have a clearer picture with regard to relevant guidance provisions for students on their theses writing and subsequent examinations. It will also grant examiners insights into how to better and more systematically fulfil their professional roles.