Challenges against creative skills in foods and nutrition by senior secondary school students in Lagos State

Atinuke Lano-Maduagu


The present knowledge based economy needs graduate with varying multi-faceted skills of creativity. This study investigated the challenges militating against the acquisition of creative skills needed in foods and nutrition by senior secondary school students in Lagos State and the ways of overcoming them. Two hundred senior secondary school Home Economics students/teachers were purposively studied from selected senior secondary schools in Lagos State. Questionnaire was used to collect data. Mean and standard deviation were used to describe the data. The result revealed the challenges militating against acquisition of creative skills in foods and nutrition as: few experts of foods and nutrition or home economics, inadequate tools and equipment to meet the number of students during practical classes, inadequate founding of schools and time-table constrains. The results also indicated the ways of improving acquisition of creative skills among senior secondary schools students as: individualization of instruction, adequate supervision of students work and schools, provision of items needed for students practical classes, frequent curriculum review and exhibition of students creative work. It is recommended among others that conducive environment, adequate tools and equipment and experts in Home economics/Foods and Nutrition field should help in developing appropriate creative skills in foods and nutrition

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