Biography/Profile/History Of Newly Appointed Head Of National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB)” Ifeoma Mercy Isiugo-Abanihe”


(a) Name: Ifeoma Mercy Isiugo-Abanihe

(b) Date of Birth: 7 June, 1956


II. (a) First Academic Appointment: Research Fellow II (5 July, 1993)

(b) Present Post: (with date) Reader (Associate Professor since 1 October, 2007)

(c) Date of Last Promotion: 1 October, 2007

III. University Education (with dates):

University of Ibadan, Ibadan. 1991

Temple University, Philadelphia. USA. 1984

Temple University, Philadelphia. USA. 1982

IV. Academic Qualifications (with dates and granting bodies)

Ph.D. Educational Evaluation. – University of Ibadan. 1991

M. Ed. Educational Administration. – Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. 1984.

B.Sc. Ed. Language/Communication. – Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. 1982

V. Other Professional Qualifications and Diplomas (with dates)

Certificate on Monitoring and Evaluation by Phillber Associates, New

York, USA/University of Ibadan, 2007

Certificate on Youth Leadership in Sexuality and Reproductive Health:

CEDPA, Washington DC., USA. . 1997

Certificate on Gender and Development: Summer Institute for Gender and

Development (SIGAD). Mount Saint Vincent University and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. 1991

N. C. E. English/Igbo Languages: Alvan Ikoku College of Education,Owerri. 1980

VI. Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes (with dates) in respect of

Undergraduate and Postgraduate work)

Winner of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant Award – Principal Investigator: Teenage Pregnancy and Adolescent Reproductive Health in

Nembe Riverine Communities: The Integrated Family Life Education (IFLE)

Project. Jan. 1996 – Dec. 1999; Jan. 2002 – 2004.

CIDA-sponsored Women’s Studies Research Fellowship under the auspices of the Canadian/Nigerian Linkage Programme in Women’s Studies, at the Institute for the Study of Women, Mt Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada.

March – August, 1991.

Tuition Scholarship of Academic Excellence by Temple University Graduate School, Philadelphia, USA. 1983.

VII Honours, Distinctions and Membership of Learned Societies

British Council Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) award (Cheevening)

Scholarship, University of Manchester. 1994.

Member of Team of Gender Experts for the development of the National Strategic Framework for HIV/AIDS (NSF) and the National

Response Review (NRR). November 2004.

Lead National Consultant Researcher for the National Mapping

(Evaluation) of the Implementation of the Family Life and HIV/AIDS Curriculum

in 36 States and Federal Capital Territory – – a project of the British Council

Capacity for Universal Basic Education and NACA.

March to May, 2005.

Education Consultant for a participatory evaluation workshop (on Lessons

Learned) for State Coordinators UBE programme in 16 States – A project of the

British Council/CUBE project. May 2006.

Deputy Project Director of the 2006 National Assessment of Educational

Performance (NAEP) – a national study of the National Examinations Council

(NECO) July 2007

Gender/Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant for monitoring and evaluation of

the gender mainstreaming component of implementation of MDGs/ DRG projects

in six states of the South-South geopolitical zone – A project of the Federal

Ministry of Women’s Affairs. September 2007

State Coordinator for the NYSC Survey on KABP for HIV/AIDS Workplace

Intervention. September/October, 2007

Member, International Reading Association. 1989 to date.

Member of the Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN), 1996 to date; and South-

West Zonal Coordinator 2002-2004.

Member, Nigeria English Studies Association (NESA). 1987 to date.

Member, Network for Gender and Women’s Studies in Nigerian Universities, 1997 to date.

Member of Executive, National Association of Language Educators (NALE),

2002 to date

Member of Board, Mary Sumner College, Akokwa, Imo State, 2004 to date.

Co-editor, West African Journal of Education (WAJE). 2005 to 2009

Coordinator, Women’s Research and Documentation Centre

(WORDOC), University of Ibadan. 2005 to 2010

Editor-In-Chief, The Resurrection Magazine. 2006 to date.

Editor-In-Chief, The Rejoice Magazine . 2005 to date.

Pioneer member of the University of Ibadan Gender Mainstreaming

Programme (GMP) 2007 to date

VIII Details of Teaching Experience at University Level

Academic Positions:

(a) Research Fellow II 1993 – 1996

(b) Research Fellow I 1996 – 1999

(c) Senior Research Fellow 1999 – 2007

(d) Reader 2007 – Date

Teaching Load:

At the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan

Details of Courses Taught at the Master Level:

EVE 701 – Problems of Educational Evaluation

EVE 703 – Principles of Test Construction

EVE 704 – Observational Techniques (Research Methods)

EVE 706 – Programme Evaluation

EVE 715 – Public Examining in Languages

EVE 716 – Curriculum Evaluation

EVE 721 – Qualitative Evaluation

EVE 712 – PG Thesis Project

Details of Courses Taught at the M.Phil. and PhD Levels:

EVE 803 – Development and Validation of Achievement Tests

EVE 804 – Advanced Observational Techniques

EVE 818 – Advanced Seminar Techniques

Teaching at the Department of Communication and Language Arts (as Adjunct Lecturer)

Course Taught at the Master Degree Level

LAC 703 – Psycholinguistic Foundation of Communication

Course Taught at the Undergraduate Level

LAA 402 – Studies in Readability and Style

Postgraduate Supervision

1. Supervised more than 30 Master degree projects/ dissertations

2. Supervised 10 Ph.D. Thesis till date

Administrative Responsibilities:

(i) Seminar Coordinator, Institute Staff and Student Seminar (1997 – 1999).

(ii) Sub-Dean (Post Graduate), Institute of Education – for five and a half years: 1999 –2001, 2004 –2007

(iii) Head of Unit, School Services Unit, Institute of Education (Unit

responsible for School monitoring and evaluation). 2006 to July 2009.

(iv) Chief External moderator for Teaching Practice and examinations in four

Colleges of Education affiliated to the University of Ibadan (as periodically assigned by the Institute), 2004 to date

(v) Member of Senate of the University of Ibadan, 1997 – 2001.

(vi) Member of the University Post Graduate School Board: 1999-2001,

2004 – June, 2007.

(vii) Member of the University of Ibadan Executive Committee of the Post

Graduate School –1999 – 2001, 2004 – June, 2007.

(xi) Member, University of Ibadan Ad hoc Committee on Lecture Methods.


(xii) Coordinator, Women’s Research and Documentation Centre, University of

Ibadan, 2005 to date.

(xiii) Member of the Technical Team of the Gender Mainstreaming Project (a

project on mainstreaming Gender in Nigerian Universities),

August 2006 – 2007.

(xiv) Head of Unit, International Centre for Educational Evaluation (ICEE).

January 2011 to August, 2013

(xv) Coordinator, Institute Staff and Students’ Seminar. January 2011 to August


(xvi) Head of the R & P (Research and Publication) Unit of the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, August 2013 to date.

IX Research

(a) Completed

The following are completed research designed and carried out by Ifeoma Mercy Isiugo-Abanihe” in collaboration with academic colleagues and some of my postgraduate students:

1. ‘An Evaluation of Teachers’ Perception of Science-Based Reading Instruction in Secondary Schools.’ 1988. This was an exploratory baseline study that aimed at investigating teachers’ level of preparedness to embrace content-area reading programme in their schools. Two Research Assistants who were teachers were trained to collect data from teachers. The study revealed that teachers, though they lacked knowledge about content area reading in science, were ready to engage in such a programme. The result was published in African Journal of Educational Management (1988) Vol. 2(1): 65- 73.

2. ‘Women’s Literacy Education and National development: An Evaluation of Objectives, Processes and Outcomes’ (1991). A research sponsored by the Canadian CIDA through the Canada/Nigeria Linkage Programme. This involved a comparative survey of selected literacy programmes in Nigeria and Canada. The study aimed at identifying similarities and differences in the literacy programmes offered to women in continuing education programmes. The Coordinators of the Linkage programme facilitated the data collection and presentation of seminar. Technical Report was presented to the Project Committee at the Mount Saint Vincent University Research Seminar, Halifax, Canada.

3. An Investigation of Factors Affecting Achievement in Basic Skills of English Language.

This is a qualitative study on the influence of school context and classroom environment

On Primary school pupils’ achievement in both English and Mathematics. Most of the

data was collected by the researcher, and some by colleagues in the Institute of Education

who conducted observation of teaching during the Institute study on ‘How Nigerian Children Learn.’ This study has been published in Isiugo-Abanihe, Ifeoma.. January

(2007). A Qualitative Baseline Evaluation of School and Classroom Quality of Two

Primary Schools in Abia State, Nigeria in International Journal of Continuing Education and Non-Formal Education.


4. ‘The Integrated Family Life Education (IFLE) Project Among In-School and Out-of-School Adolescents in Nembe Riverine Communities. (1996-2000). Co-Researcher: Dr. Ruby Ofrey, Niger Delta University. This was an Institutional Research grant sponsored by The John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur foundation. Technical Reports were submitted to the Macarthur Foundation, and baseline result published in Isiugo-Abanihe, I. M., Isiugo-Abanihe, U. C. and Ofrey, R. E. (2002) “Teenage Reproductive Health Problems in Riverine Areas of Nigeria: The Nembe Experience.’ African Population Studies. Special Edition on The African Population in the 21st Century. Volume 5. (Dakar, Senegal)

5. ‘The Integrated Family Life Education (IFLE) Project Among In-School adolescents and Young Adults in Two Oil-Producing Areas of the Niger Delta – ONELGA and Ohaji-Egbema’. (2002 – 2005). This was an extension of the IFLE project in Nembe to investigate the status of the adolescent sexuality in other contexts of the oil-producing areas in the Niger Delta. Technical Reports were submitted to the funders, The MacArthur Foundation, and results of the baseline study published in Isiugo-Abanihe, Ifeoma M. & Isiugo-Abanihe, U.C. 2007. ‘Adolescent sexuality and Reproductive Health in Two Oil Producing Communities in Imo and Rivers states, Nigeria. African Population Studies. Vol. 22, No. 2 Dakar, Senegal’. Similar to the previous project situated in Nembe, the present study aimed at obtaining information on the socio-cultural and environmental factors that affected sexuality and reproductive health knowledge and behaviour of the youths in the area; it also examined the influence of intervention programmes.

6. National Mapping of the Implementation of the Family Life and HIV/AIDS

Curriculum in Nigeria (March to May, 2005). Lead Researcher. Research Collaborators in zones: Dr. Umaru A. Pate, Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri, Bornu State – for North-East Zone; Dr. M. N. Sambo, Department of Community medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – for North-West Zone; Mrs. Toyin Akpan, Multiserve Consults, 2 Akin Osiyemi St, off Allen, Ikeja, Lagos – North Central Zone; Dr. Floretta Akingbade, Social Science & Reproductive Health Resource Network, UCH, Ibadan – for South-West Zone; Prof. Obioma Nwaorgu, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka – for South East Zone; Obatunde Oladapo, Positive Life Association of Nigeria, Ibadan – for South-South Zone.

This was a national evaluation research to assess availability, acceptability and level of implementation of the Family Life and HIV/AIDS curriculum in Nigeria. I worked as the Lead Researcher in collaboration with six other consultants. Technical reports – Consolidated State and Zonal reports were submitted to NACA and the British Council CUBE – Capacity for Basic Education in June, 2005.

7. ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Millennium Development Goals Projects and Programmes Funded By The Paris Club Debt Relief Gains In The South-South Zone’ (June – July). 2007. In collaboration with Patricia U. Ekoh – A PG Student. This evaluation involved data gathering, analysis and report writing on all MDG-related activities that aim at implementation of gender-mainstreaming by the Ministry of Women affairs of all the six states of the South-South geopolitical zone. The data collection and part of the report wring writing were carried out in collaboration with my student (at that time): now Dr. Patricia Ekoh. A 95-page Technical report was submitted to the federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Abuja, through the Comprehensive Consultants Ltd.

8. National Assessment of Educational Performance (NAEP) 2006. – a national study of educational performance at the Senior Secondary School Level sponsored by the National Examinations Council (NECO). The study involved seven other academic colleagues from the Institute of Education. As the Deputy Project Director, I wrote the Executive Summary, final summary chapter, edited the work of 5 other researchers to produce the 106-page synthesized NAEP Report. This I presented in collaboration with my colleagues to NECO managerial staff in Minna, July 2007.

9. An Observation study of the Methodology of Science Educators and Pre-Science Teachers Classroom Practices. 2010 – 2011. Report of this collaborative study which revealed the over-whelming influence of science educators’ teaching practice on their students’ classroom practice ,has been published in a paper titled Evaluation of the Methodology Aspect of the Science Teacher Education Curriculum in Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 7, No.2. The study employed observational instruments, questionnaires and Content analysis as data gathering techniques.

10. Teaching and Learning of Electronic Literacy Skills in Higher education: An investigation into the programme of the General Studies English programme for Academic Purposes. (2011 – ). This study assessed the extent to which ESL teachers in Nigeria’s Use of English language programmes exposed Higher education students to acquisition of knowledge and skills that were required for electronic literacy. It also examined the extent to which students’ access to computers affected their attitude to and engagement in electronic literacy tasks. The Case Study approach was employed in the study using structured questionnaires and Key Informant Interview Guide as data capturing instruments. Two Federal universities in Nigeria were purposively selected for the study. Preliminary reports of the study have identified, among other things, useful approaches that can be employed to integrate the use of computer technology and multimedia in fostering students’ skills of electronic literacy.

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