university of ado ekiti, nigeria. (SOCIOLOGY)
Obafemi Awolow University Ile Ife Nigeria (Master's)
Capella University, Minneapolis, MN (PhD)
The goal of my teaching, and center of my teaching philosophy, is active learning. One of my ultimate objectives in teaching is to facilitate learning by helping students to gain the necessary skills to take control of and become active participants in their own learning. I truly believe that knowledge gained through active participation is knowledge that will stay with an individual. Thus my approach to teaching reflects this philosophy and I have developed and use many techniques that are designed to engage students in their own learning.
I use many different teaching techniques to achieve my philosophy. Sociology, criminology and criminal justice are some of the disciplines in which many teaching techniques can be used, particularly hands-on activities. Throughout my tenure at Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State, Nigeria I have worked very hard to build our teaching collections so that all my courses may include an element of hands-on learning. Students have to directly participate in their own learning through these experiences, and I have found that almost all students respond very well when they are provided the environment to apply their learning experience to real life situation. One particularly innovated teaching method I have developed is a simulated crime scene in the in Sociology of Law, Crime and Deviance and as well as Criminology Theories courses in which the students have to apply their cumulated course knowledge. I also believe that students learn from participating in real world activities.
Regardless of content, I also think that students should leave their courses with skills that they will use in their everyday lives. These basic skills include problem solving and critical thinking, research and writing proficiency, and effective communication ability. I have designed all of my courses to include components that impart these skills. All of my upper division courses require research for papers and presentation, and students must also participate in group work. These are skills that students can transfer into any career choice. The goal of my teaching, and center of my teaching philosophy, is active learning. One of my ultimate objectives in teaching is to facilitate learning by helping students to gain the necessary skills to take control of and become active participants in their own learning. I truly believe that knowledge gained through active participation is
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I'm highly qualified to teach sociology courses having obtained my BSC and MSC degrees in sociology in addition to obtaining a PhD degree in criminal Justice. Also, I have considerable length of experience teaching sociology related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the university system. It is equally important to note that I have over 15 published peer reviewed articles in sociology and criminal justice.