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Teaching professors' challenges about community engagement outreach and intervention in Nigerian universities


Adekalu, Samuel Outokunbo and Krauss, Steven Eric and Ismail, Ismi Arif and Suandi, Turiman (2018) Teaching professors' challenges about community engagement outreach and intervention in Nigerian universities. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 8 (8). pp. 191-204. ISSN 2222-6990


Community engagement has been acknowledged as a core function of higher education, along with research and teaching which helps in promoting economic, environmental and socio-cultural development of communities. This article explores the barriers obstructing community engagement outreach and intervention in Nigerian higher education. Kwara State University, Malete, which adopted the philosophy of “the University for Community Development” is an interesting case in this study. Using in-depth semi-structured qualitative interviews, nine professors of the university were asked to reflect on how they sustained community engagement participation at different stages in their academic career. From data analysis, even though there are documentary evidences on the remarkable successes been achieved and reported with regards to community engagement activities and outreaches by the professors which helped to sustain professional identities and, in turn, career development. Four factors were found to be a barrier obstructing the professors’ participation in community engagement activities and outreaches. These were, (a) Educational gap between academics and community members, (b) lack of funds to execute community development projects, (c) time constraint due to multiple engagements, and (d) resistant to change by community members. The discussion and recommendations of this study are timely, as it concludes with a number of crucial issues that future community engagement in Nigerian higher education needs to be addressed.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.6007/IJARBSS/v8-i8/4458
Publisher: Human Resource Management Academic Research Society
Keywords: Academic challenges; Community engagement; Career development; Nigerian universities
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 03:50
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 03:50
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/14718
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