07 August 2015 Volume :3 Issue :36

Education Doctoral Student presents Paper at Conference in Canada

Education Doctoral Student presents Paper at Conference in Canada
Education doctoral student presents paper at conference in Canada.

PhD student at the School of Education, Mr Oladele Agbomeji, was awarded the National Research Foundation (NRF) Travel Grant which enabled him to travel to Vancouver in Canada to present his paper titled: “An Exploration of Gender and Education in the Nigerian Context”at the 13th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities.

‘The NRF Travel Grant came as a surprise to me because I never believed the application would be approved,’ said Agbomeji.

‘Presenting at the conference was both amazing and memorable. The quality of higher education and research knowledge I have obtained from UKZN is comparable with that available at any other university in the world,’ he said.

Agbomeji was also selected by the organisers to chair one of the conference sessions titled: “Blending the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol Model with World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Proficiency Levels to Improve Career and Technical Education.”

‘I have never chaired a session before other than experience acquired from my supervisor Professor Thabisile Buthelezi when she often organises preliminary proposal sessions with any of her students a few days before a main proposal defence. This is where I learned some of the techniques I applied at the Conference and it worked!’

He also expressed his gratitude to the NRF for the travel grant and to his supervisor for her assistance and support.

Agbomeji believes these conferences are important for students as they provide an opportunity to assess the quality of their research, knowledge and progress as researchers.

‘Such conferences allow students to share their research study with scholars and to get useful feedback which can help in their writing skills. It opens networking opportunities when scholars see you as a factor and expert in your own field of study and this can provide the student with job opportunities when vacancies become available.’

Said Buthelezi: ‘I am very happy about Agbomeji’s achievement. I am not surprised though because he is a brilliant student. He is also a hard worker and is focused in whatever he does. I congratulate him.’

Earlier this year, Agbomeji presented a paper titled: “Methodology Strategies: an Intervention into Challenges Faced by Pre-service Teachers in Subject Content Knowledge in the Learning of Physical Science”, at the International Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at the Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Centre in the United States.

Melissa Mungroo


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