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Dr. Godwin Jude Irokaba


Special Education


Lecturer I


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About Dr. Godwin Jude Irokaba

Dr. Godwin Irokoba is a Lecturer in Special Education in the University of Calabar – Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Special/Inclusive Education from Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. His Doctoral dissertation assesses methods of facilitating academic achievements in deaf and hard of hearing learners in inclusive education programmes using bilingual educational methodologies. He obtained his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University, Washington DC. He also has a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree in Special Education from University of Jos, Nigeria. Godwin’s work experience has been in teaching, teacher training, research, and consultancy. Godwin’s research interests are in teaching methodologies, inclusive education, and reforms in special education (with focus on Nigeria). Godwin has won numerous prizes and awards for excellence. He is a member of national and international professional associations in special education. The Washington Post (February 18, 2007) called him an agent of change, and the Woodrow Wilson Centre for Scholars, Washington DC, named him a face of the future. Godwin was also a face of Gallaudet University from 2006 – 2007. Dr. Irokaba is passionate about introducing global best practices into the Nigeria education system. His desire to have Nigerians obtain international education experiences led him to link University of Calabar to a multilateral international cooperation with six universities in five European countries under the Erasmus Mundus exchange programme. The project benefitted 15 Nigerians, 90% of whom were drawn from the University of Calabar community. Godwin has travelled widely. He has attended high profile international education and leadership events in the United States, Ghana, Norway, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and others. He was decorated with a “Team Gallaudet” pin by Dr. Robert R. Davila, a Professor and President of Gallaudet University, in February 2007. He earned distinction in the National Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examination – Nigeria and is a registered member with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria. He has published articles in both local and International journals. Dr irokaba has attended many academic conferences where he presented papers. He is happily married.

S/N Qualification School Atttended Started Finished
FSLCPlateauSchool for the deaf, Jos19741983
WASCkwara State School for Deaf, Ilorin 19841986
Diploma in Special EducationUniversity of Jos, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria19881990
B.Ed (Hons) Special Education University of Jos, Jos - Nigeria19901994
Diploma in Special EducationUniversity of Jos – Nigeria19981990
MA, Deaf Education (Special Programs)Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA20052007
Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education Masaryk University, Brno – Czech Republic20142017

S/N Publication
Irokaba, G. (2017). Using bilingual educational methodologies in enhancing academic achievements of deaf and hard of hearing learners in inclusive education programme: A case study of inclusive schools in Akwa Ibom State – Nigeria. In: Lopuchova, J. and Sulovska, M, (Eds): Reflection of the Development and Trends in the Development of Special Education in Slovakia and in the International Context. Bratislava. Prez Univerzitu Komenskeho. (p. 393-411). ISBN: 978-80-89726-79-0.
Irokaba, G. (2016). The interrelatedness of bilingual readiness and bicultural assimilation in attaining success in inclusive education for deaf and hard of hearing learners. In: Bockova, B. and Vitkova, M. (Eds): Podpora žáků se speciálními vzdělávacími potřebami v kontextu inkluzivního vzdělávání / Support of Pupils with Special Educational Needs in the Context of Inclusive Education. Brno. Mazarikovz Univerzita Press. (p. 51-58). ISBN 978-80-210-8508-4.
Irokaba, G. (2015): The concept of inclusion and Nigeria’s perception of inclusive education of students with special needs. In: Franiok, P. & Kvetonova, L. (Eds). Current Trends in Inclusive Education Focused on Pupils with Special Educational Needs in the Czech Republic and Abroad: Theory, Research, and Practice. Brno. Masarykova Univerzita. (49-58). ISBN: 978-80-210-8098-0.
Irokaba, G. U. (2012): Language Assessment Battery for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners. The Special Educator: Journal of the national association of special education teachers. 11(1). 129-135.
Irokaba, G. U. (2011): Globalization and the Development of Bilingual Education in Nigeria: Implication for the Language Teacher. African Journal of Vocational Education. 4 (1). 38 – 44. ISSN: 1596-3780.
Irokaba, G. U. (2010): Implementing New Perspectives in the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners: The Bilingual/Bicultural Education approach. In Ajobiewe, T. & Osuorji, P. I. (Eds). New Perspectives in special Needs Education for Sustainable Development. Ibadan. Glory – Land Publishers. ISBN: 978-31064-0-5.
Egaga, P. I. & Irokaba, G. U. (2009): Use of Bilingual/ Bicultural Education and Dramatization as Ancillary to Inclusive Education in Exceptional Children’s Home: A Case Study of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners. Annals of Modern Education. 1 (1). 69 – 76. ISSN: 2141-1263

S/N Grant Currency/Amount Grantor Date
Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships ProgramUsd 30,800Ford Foundation2004-08-05
Knowledge, Integration and Transparency in Education Euros 54,000 Erasmus Mundus 2014-09-08

S/N Conference Description Started Finished
22nd Annual Conference of the National Council for Exceptional Students (NCEC): Globalization and special Education. Held at Makurdi, Benue StateApplication of the Principles of the ASL/English Bilingual Philosophy in the Pedagogy in Deaf Education2012-08-212012-08-24
16th International Conference on People with Special Needs held at Faculty of Education, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech RepublicConcept of Inclusion and the Nigerian Perception of Inclusive Education for Learners with Special Needs2015-03-172015-03-18
9th. Annual conference for Students of Doctoral Study Program in Special Education, held at Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech RepublicAssessing Language Threshold Level and Sign Proficiency Level Using the Sign Language Assessment Inventory (SLAI) Test Instrument2015-10-212015-10-22
17th International Conference on People with Special Needs. Faculty of Education, Palacky University, Olomouc.A Comparative Analysis of Sign Communication Approaches Used By Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons in The US, The Czech Republic And Nigeria2016-03-152016-03-17
International Conference of the Institute of Special Needs Education, University of BratislavaUsing Bilingual Educational Methodologies in Enhancing Academic Achievements of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners in Inclusive Education Programmes: A Case Study of Inclusive Schools in Akwa Ibom State – Nigeria.2016-11-102016-11-11