Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only


Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Education


Faculty of Education and Arts


The poor state of learning in pre-service science teacher education is typical. of the problems in the Nigeria education sector (Afe, 2001; Odubunmi, 2006; Okebukola, 2004). Little research based evidence about Nigerian pre-service science teacher education has been reported in the literature, however, this problem has been documented to be a common phenomenon among other African countries with similar programmes. This thesis reports a case study of the quality of a pre-seivice science teacher education programme in a Nigerian College of Education and the graduate teachers' transition to science teaching in Lagos State, Nigeria. Particular attention was given to issues which influence the quality of learning in the NCE science teacher education programme and transition to science teaching. The data were derived from the views and opinions of third year teacher education students, first-year junior secondary school science teachers, lecturers and other key stakeholders in science teacher education in Lagos State.