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Improving learning infrastructure and environment for sustainable quality assurance practice in secondary schools in Ondo State, South-West, Nigeria

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Author(s): Ayeni, Adeolu Joshua | Adelabu, Modupe A.

Journal: International Journal of Research Studies in Education
ISSN 2243-7703

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 61;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: secondary school | quality assurance | learning infrastructure | learning environment | instructional performance | school principals | school plant maintenance | academic performance

ABSTRACT
The current study examines the state of learning environment and infrastructure, together with their effects on teaching and learning activities and the extent to which they are being maintained. The study uses a descriptive survey design paradigm. Respondents consist of 60 principals and 540 teachers that were randomly selected using the multi-stage sampling technique from a pool of 599 public secondary schools in the Ondo State, South-West, Nigeria. Data were collected using the Learning Environment Management Questionnaire (LEMQ), the Teachers’ Instructional Task Performance Rating Scale (TITPRS), and the Interview Guide for Principals (IGP). The study reveals that teachers’ perception of the quality of learning infrastructure and environment ranges from 41 to 60.5%, while the schools with inadequate quality range from 19 to 59%. This implies that the quality assurance practice is at the average level in secondary schools. Result also reveals that there is a significant relationship between the teachers’ instructional tasks and the students’ academic performance (r = 0.645 at p

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