PETER OKEBUKOLA: A SPECIALIST IN QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Professor Peter Okebukola

Peter A. Okebukola is Professor of Science and Computer Education and a specialist in quality assurance in higher education.  After his Bachelor’s degree in 1973, he earned a PhD from the University of Ibadan, followed by specialised training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Harvard University both in Cambridge, USA.  He was a foundation staff of UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) in Addis Ababa.

Professor Okebukola is noted as the First African to win the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Communication of Science. He is a Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Education whose membership is restricted to distinguished professors of education in the world. He is a member of the Executive Board of the International Association for Research in Science Teaching.  He was also the African Representative and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Associations for Science Education. He is a Fellow, Life Member and Past President of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria as well as of the National Association for Environmental Education. He has won several international gold medals in science and computer education. He was a Visiting Professor at the Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

His research efforts have resulted in over 160 internationally published works and over 190 national and international conference presentations. He has given keynote addresses at major international conferences in over 80 countries in all regions of the world. Many of his publications can be found in the world’s top 10 science education, computer education and environmental education journals and he is among one of the most-cited researchers in his field in Africa.

Some of his works on co-operative learning, metacognition, and eco-culture and science have appeared in the American Biology Teacher, School Science and Mathematics, Science Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, European Journal of Science Education (International Journal of Science Education) Journal of Social Psychology, International Journal of Educology, Research in Science Education,  Human Relations, Educational Research, Journal of Biological Education,  Journal of Chemical Education, Educational Perspectives, Instructional Science, and Research in Science and Technological Education, among several others. Some of the major finding of his research in computers in education have appeared in Educational Research, and Journal of Educational Technology Systems.

He is the immediate past Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC). He has been Chairman of Council of several universities including Osun State University and currently Chairman of Council of Crawford University. He has been awarded a number of honorary D.Sc degrees. He is the Executive Chairman of Okebukola Science Foundation which supports quality teaching, learning and research in science and technology. He is the current Executive President of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI)-Africa that was established by UNESCO in 1999. In January 2015, he was elected Chairman of the International Quality Group of the US-based Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Born on February 17, 1951, Professor Peter A. Okebukola is the recipient of the National Honour of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic- OFR.

 

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