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Dr. Uchenna Egodi Ajake

Assoc Professor
Institute of Education


Uchenna Egodi Ajake hold a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from the University of Uyo-Nigeria, MEd Educational Psychology and PhD Educational Psychology from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. She is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology in the institute of Education, University of Calabar. She has over 17 years teaching experience. Her research interest cuts across learning motivation, early childhood development, parenting, personality development, higher education and entrepreneurship development. She was part of the team that developed the blue print for the University of Calabar Centre for Entrepreneurship Education (EDC) in 2013. She was the coordinator of programmes (2011- 2016) and teaching practice (2011 - 2017) in the institute of Education.


Publications by Uchenna Egodi

Ajake, U. E. (2003). Pragmatic approach to teaching of home-economics for acquisition of cognitive skills in Senior Secondary School in Uyo Akwa Ibom State.  Journal of Vocational Education and Information Management (JOVEIM) 1(1). Pp 27-38.

This study was designed to compare the senior secondary      schools student acquisition of cognitive skills based on guided and expository approaches in learning. Three cognitive variables namely: understanding, reasoning and creativity were considered. This study was carried out with 120 senior secondary II (SSII) Food and Nutrition students randomly drawn from four selected schools in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state. Two comparable groups- experimental and control, each having 60 students were used. A concept in Food and Nutrition- “Raising Agent” was selected and taught to the two groups using guided method for the control group. Pre-test was administered before the teaching of the concept and after which, post-test was administered two days after the treatment. The scores from the test were analyzed using t-test statistical analysis of the means at a probability level of 0.05. The findings reveal that the experimental group performed significantly higher than the control group in terms of understanding, reasoning and creativity. This implies that the treatment used on the experimental group is responsible for the difference. It can be inferred that the guided learning approach has influenced the students level of understanding, reasoning and creative abilities in learning of Food and Nutrition in senior secondary schools. Therefore, the study recommends the use of guided-learning approach in the teaching of Home Economics (Food and Nutrition) in senior secondary schools.

Bisong, N.; Edet, P. B. and Ajake, U. E. (2008). Training Professional Counselors for Early Childhood Education. Ekpoma Journal of Behavioral Science. 1(2) pp52-56

This paper examines the need for training professional counselor for early childhood education. It highlights the fact that children need to be stimulated at critical times in their early life, which makes it crucial for the need of counselors to play a leading role at this stage. Theoretical framework that provides a link between the counselors and early childhood education were also examined, and finally the need for training professional counselors and expanding their training programmes in early childhood education were emphasized

Ajake, U. E. and Alozie, Y. E. (2009). Exclusive Breast feeding practices of mothers in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River state Nigeria. Journal of Home Economics. 1(1). pp 112-116. 

A survey design was used to determine the level of the practice of exclusive breastfeeding, problems and benefits associated with the exclusive breastfeeding by mothers in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River state. Four research questions were formulated for the purpose of this study. One hundred and forty nursing mothers used for this study were selected from the Local Government Primary health care centre, Odukpani. Structured questionnaire was used to obtain information from the subjects on socioeconomic background, general information, knowledge and practice of exclusive breastfeeding. Data were analyzed using frequency counts and percentages. Result obtained showed that only few mothers (23%) practice exclusive breastfeeding while 66.4% were knowledgeable about the duration of exclusive breastfeeding. Most of the mothers were not aware of exclusive breastfeeding in the area. The awareness was low. It is recommended that efforts must be intensified in the area of nutrition education with emphasis on the advantages and/or benefits of exclusive breastfeeding. The practice of exclusive breastfeeding was found to be influence by factors such as education, personal conviction and antenatal attendance. Nutrition education with emphasis on the advantages and/or benefits of exclusive breastfeeding is recommended to raise awareness thus the practice of exclusive breastfeeding

Ajake, U. E., Etuk, G. R. and Omori, A. E (2010). Child Rearing Styles and Brutal Behavior Among Senior Secondary School Students in Cross River State. The Calabar counselor (CALJOCAN) Journal of Counseling Association of Nigeria. 4 (4) pp 162-168.

The research investigated the influence of child rearing style and delinquency (brutal behavior) of senior secondary school students in southern Cross River state. One hypothesis was tested using One Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Six hundred (600) senior secondary III students were used for the study. The instrument for data collection was questionnaire captioned Child Rearing Questionnaire (CRQ) and students Brutal Behavior Questionnaire (SBBQ). Three dimensions of child rearing style were investigated. Also one of aspects of delinquent behavior (brutal behavior) was also investigated. The result showed that the three child rearing styles; democratic, autocratic and laissez-faire have a significant influence on students’ brutal behavior. Adolescents reared with autocratic and laissez-faire styles were more involved in brutal behavior. Based on the findings, some recommendations were made regarding, the creation of awareness among parents, teachers and various arms of government as regards the influence of child rearing styles and tendencies to brutal behavior

Essien M .I. E; Ajake U. E & Ojini., R. E. (2010). Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Availability, Access, Utilization as Instigators of School Climate Change. Nigerian Journal of Educational Administration and planning. 10(3) pp39-52.

The survey design was adopted and three hypothesis were formulated to guide the study. The instrument developed for the study was ICT availability, access utilization school climate change Questionnaire (ICTAAUSCCQ). The sample was one thousand (1000) students randomly selected from a population of eight thousand, one hundred and forty one students from accredited universities in the south-south zone of Nigerian. The data obtained were analyzed using Pearson’s product moment correlation analysis. The results revealed positive significant relationship between availability, accessibility and utilization on school climate change. Based on the findings the following recommendations among others were made: The federal and state governments should partner with Microsoft company to provide computers to universities. ICT infrastructures should be provided in the universities to ensure 24 hours internet connectivity on campuses. Internet literacy should be made a compulsory course for teacher education, pre-service teachers, incumbent teachers and students curricular should be reversed to ensure computer assisted lessons and soft wares should be created to fit various courses

Ajake U. E; O. P Bisong N. N; Etuk G. R (2011) Influence of Emotional Abuse on self-concept of senior secondary school students in Cross River State-Nigeria. Global Journal of Educational research 10, (2). pp110-120

Survey data collected from 2,000 senior secondary two (SS11) students in Cross River state. Nigeria were analyzed to determine the influence of emotional abuse on the self concept of the students. One aspect of child abuse (emotional abuse) and five dimensions of self concept (social self-concept) physical self concept, moral self concept, financial concept and family self-concept were considered in the study. One way analysis of Variance was used in testing the hypothesis at 0.05 alpha levels. The result obtained showed a significant negative influence of emotional abuse on the student self concept in terms of social self, physical-self moral self, family self and financial self-concept respectively.

Essien M. I; Ajake U. E & Ojini B. A. (2011). Information and Communication Technology: accessibility, utilization and teaching effectiveness in south-south zone of Nigeria. Education for Today Journal of Faculty of Education 7(1), pp275-285 .

The study investigated the influence of accessibility and utilization of ICT on teaching effectiveness in four(4) universities in the south-south zone of Nigeria. Two hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. Stratified random sampling technique was used for selecting sample size. Survey research design was adopted. A sample of five hundred (500) lecturers was randomly selected for the study. The instrument for data collection was a four point Likert-scale questionnaire Accessibility, utilization teaching effectiveness questionnaire (AUTEQ). Data obtained were analyzed using Pearson product moment correlation. The hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance.  The result of the analysis revealed that ICT accessibility has a significant influence on lecturers’ teaching effectiveness. Utilization of ICT has a significant negative influence on university lecturers’ teaching effectiveness. Based on the findings the following recommendations among others were made: Fully equipped ICT centre should be made available and accessible to all lecturers and students by the proprietors of universities. The university lecturers should make effort to attend computer school to update their skills in computer and internet utilization; government should provide adequate internal ICT network to lecturers’ offices to facilitate access to internet services.

Amalu, M. N.  Ajake U. E & Ihejiamaizu, C. C. (2012). Stress from role conflict: Consequences for professional effectiveness of secondary school teachers in Cross River State, Nigeria. Global Journal of Education Research. 11 (1) pp 37-47.

An ex-post facto data collected from 600 teachers and 2400 senior secondary two students from Cross River State were analysed to determine the influence of stress arising from role conflict on professional effectiveness. One hypothesis was tested using One-Way Analysis of Variance. The result of the data analyses showed that stress arising from role conflict has a significant influence on professional effectiveness (Classroom management and supervision of co-curricular activities). Teachers who experience low level of stress are more effective than those who experience moderate and high level of stress. Based on the finding, some recommendations were made.

Ajake, U. E., Amalu, M. N. & Ekpa, U. O. (2013). Prevalence of child abuse among senior secondary school students in Cross River State, Nigeria. International Journal of Research and Lifelong Education. 3 (1&2) pp 9-16.

The study sought to determine the prevalence of child abuse among senior secondary school students in Cross River State, Nigeria. Survey research design was adopted in carrying out the study. The sample size consisted of two thousand (2000) senior secondary two students. The instrument for data collection was questionnaire captioned Child Abuse Questionnaire (CAQ). Four dimensions of child abuse were investigated. This includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and child neglect. Simple percentages were used for the data analysis. The results obtained showed a high prevalence of child abuse in Cross River State, Nigeria.

Ajake, U. E. & Kalu, E. C. (2014) Family socio-economic status and social adjustment of adolescent students of southern senatorial district of Cross River State, Nigeria. International Journal of Research and Lifelong Education. 4(1).  pp 54-59.

The study investigated the influence of family socio-economic status on the social adjustment of adolescent students of Southern Senatorial district of Cross River State, Nigeria. It was an ex-post facto research; the population of the study was 9378 which constitutes adolescents in 64 public junior secondary schools (JSS 1-3). Using stratified random sampling technique, 454 students were drawn for the study. The instrument for data collection was a questionnaire. For data analysis, One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used for testing the hypothesis at 0.05 alpha level. The result of the analysis showed that family socio-economic status does not significantly influence students’ social adjustment. Based on the findings, recommendations were made. 

Reseacrh Works Done

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Conferences Attended

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28th conference of Home Economics Teachers Association of Nigeria.
Held at Oshogbo, Osun State. Paper presented: Changing Roles and Gender Equity.
Start: Wednesday 19th September, 1990
End: Monday 24th September, 1990
3rd National Conference of Home Economics Empowerment Initiative
Held at Ebonyi state University. Papers presented: i. Exclusive Breast Feeding: A case study of Odukpani local Government Area of Cross River State. ii. Attitude of Students towards Clothing and Textile selection in Cross River state Nigeria.
Start: Tuesday 18th November, 2008
End: Friday 21st November, 2008
29th National Conference/Competitive exhibition.
Held at Awka, Anambra state. Paper presented: Clothing and textile curriculum; emphasis on instructional material
Start: Monday 28th August, 2000
End: Saturday 2nd September, 2000
4th Women in Africa
Held at Abuja. Papers presented: i. Socio-Personal Variables-Access to Education among Females in Central Senatorial Districts of Cross River State Nigeria. ii. Gender Resource Mobilization for Equal Opportunities of the Girl Child in Cross River state
Start: Monday 3rd August, 2009
End: Saturday 8th August, 2009

Grants Received

No Results for Grants Received