PROFILE OF DR. OLOYEDE SOLOMON OYELEKAN
Dr. Oloyede Solomon Oyelekan is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. He was Acting Head of the Department of Science Education, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He obtained a Ph.D. degree from the same Department in April 2009. His Ph.D. work was adjudged by the National Universities Commission as the best in the field of Education in Nigeria for the year 2009. He had earlier on earned a Master degree in Curriculum Development (Distinction) in Science Education from the same University in 2004. Dr. Oyelekan trained as a science teacher in the Department of Teacher Education, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Education degree in Chemistry & Zoology, with Second Class honours (Upper Division) in 1995, and was nominated for the Stephen Oluwole Awokoya Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship Award for Science Education by the university upon graduation.
Dr. Oyelekan was a High School science teacher for twelve years at the famous Adesoye College, Offa, Nigeria, where he rose to become the Head of Biology. He began his university career at the University of Science and Technology, Ifaki-Ekiti, Nigeria in June 2010, and was later appointed the Coordinator of the Directorate of Pre-Degree Programmes in the same university. He later on moved to the Department of Science Education, University of Ilorin in September 2011 as a lecturer. His research interest on improving students’ learning outcomes in science cuts across four interrelated areas: Topic difficulties in High School science (with particular focus on Chemistry), students’ psychological variables and their impacts on science learning, instructional strategies and designs, and the use of ICT in science instruction. He has numerous academic publications in reputable local and international academic journals, and books.
He is a registered member of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Science Association of Nigeria and the African Educational Research Network in the United States. He is also a Microsoft certified computer operator.
Dr. Oyelekan is happily married with children.