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TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS’ HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT: STRENGTHENING QUALITY EDUCATION

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This paper examines tertiary institutions, the quality of teaching, learning process and the pedagogy competencies of the lecturers.  It is aimed at Tertiary institutions’ staff development activities and the furtherance of knowledge, attitude and skills required to professionally carry out teaching and research duties in higher institutions.  The objective of the paper is to stress a properly planned and well-articulated staff development programe that will facilitate a robust and well-motivated teaching, research and environment for students and the institutions’ community.  This paper therefore speaks to the need of tertiary institutions’ staff development opportunities, the need for staff development and the activities involved as it relates to pedagogy development. The research method adopted is qualitative; consultation of relevant material in library and the internet. The paper also discusses some crucial challenges of human resources development in tertiary institutions, and concludes by recommending among others that, lecturers should be regularly encouraged to participate in academic activities as workshops, conferences and seminars locally and internationally. Tertiary institutions’ human resource departments should reposition their personnel units for training and retraining of their academic staff to acquire the relevant  administrative and academic skills for leadership and policy implementation; higher institutions in collaboration with relevant institutions, should work out international sponsorship programs for lecturers, to expose them to practical professional standards, current pedagogical skills, and cross fertilization of ideas and knowledge. 

Key Words: Pedagogy, Tertiary institution, Development, Training needs.

CELESTINE EHIGIMETOR OKONOFUA, PH.D.
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