THE IMPACT OF GOOD TEACHERS ON OUR ACADEMIC LEARNING ENVIRONMENT ON THE PERFORMANCE OF STUDENT IN TERTIARY INSTITUTION
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The core business of schools is to provide students with a rich learning environment that is open, respectful, caring and safe. This ideal learning environment comprises of good and qualified teachers, student and other vital academic facilities.
According to Elendu, (2012) Good teachers are people dedicated to the education of students in their classrooms and to the institutions in which they work.
Basically, a good teacher is a provider of knowledge and insight, a mentor one who inspires, motivates and opens up minds to the endless possibilities of which one can achieve one who makes a positive difference in the lives of many one, who is admired appreciated and held in the highest esteem.
According to Hassay, (2011) Academic learning environment can be seen as an environment suitable or conducive for academic purposes.
It is the diverse physical locations, contexts, and cultures in which students learn. Since students may learn in a wide variety of selling such as outside of school location and outdoor environments, the tern is often used as a more accurate or preferred alternative to classroom, which has more limited and traditional connotations. Educators may also argue that learning environment have both a direct and indirect influence on student learning including their engagement in what is being taught, their motivation to learn and their sense of well being belonging and personal safely. For example, learning environment filled with sunlight and stimulating educational materials would likely be considered more conductive to learning than drab spaces without windows or decoration, as would schools with fewer incidences of misbehavior, disorder, bullying and illegal activity.
Performance of student in tertiary institution in this case refers to how well a student meets standards set out by an institution, itself or an external examination body either set up by the government or an independent outfit signifies success or good performances.
According to Elendu, (2012) education is one aspect of socio-cultural plan which form the central pillar of development socially, politically, culturally and technologically without education development is at a stand-still and the resources of the will not be managed properly.
The only people that can forces the needed skills for sustainable economic growth are the enlightened populace. Rapid population growth leads to increase in school enrollment. At the moment, the school themselves are not only few in number but lack of good infrastructure like textbooks, libraries and qualified teachers impede our educational system.
George (2013) education in Nigeria is an instrument of effective national development it has witnessed active participation by non-government agencies, communities and individual as well as government.
It is therefore desirable for the nation to spell out in clear and unequivocal terms the philosophy and objective that underline its investment in education. The nation policy on education is seek to reveal that (National policy on Education 4th edition, 2012) 58 policy were formulated that education states the tertiary education, secondary education, university, college of education, polytechnics and monotechnics.
According to Luke (2012) education plays a key role in providing individuals with the knowledge skills and competence needed to participate effectively in society and in the economy.
In the wise subsection 59 of National policy on education spell out the following:
- Contribution to national development through high level manpower training.
- Development and inculcate proper value for the survival of the individual and society.
- Develop the intellectual capacity of individual to understand and appreciate their local and external environment.
- Acquire both physical and intellectual skills that enable the individual to be self reliant and useful to the society.
- Promotes and encourage scholarship and community services.
- Foster and cement national unity
- Promote national and international understanding and interaction.
Sub-section (10) section (8) of national policy on education spell out how tertiary education shall purse their goals and how it may be achieved through;
- Research and development
- Generation and dissemination of knowledge
- Verily of mode of programmes of full time, part time block release, day release.
- Access to training (funds such as those provided by the individual training fund (ITF).
- Student industrial work experience scheme (SIWES).
- Maintenance of minimum education standard through appropriate agencies of internal government and alignment of programme with societal need to win opportunities.
According to Hassay (2004) teacher’s role must be to create solution in which students can learn on their own matter than provide package information to student.
In other to foster proficiency in our academic environment class participation in the teaching learning process should be uppermost in teacher methodology. This is a good teacher, gearing towards better student performance; you should be guided by “Premark principle” in modifying student’s undeniable behaviours. It involves the use of students high frequency behaviour (repeated occurring behaviour to boost or increase or unforced allow frequency behaviour less pufeued activity)