PRAGMATIST EPISTEMOLOGY: A PRACTICAL ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Charles Kenechukwu Okoro

Abstract


Unarguably, ideas rule the world. Virtually every meaningful and conscious human action is first conceived as an idea. Ideas become incarnate in actions. In other words, actions are animated by ideas. Against the backdrop that formal education is a value-driven enterprise, it is basically pursued with a view to filling specific human needs. By implication, ideas become incarnated in human situations to improve on them.  It is in this sense that ideas rule the world; otherwise, ideas without practical relevance have no value. Nigeria’s educational system incidentally finds itself at the crossroads. There is an obvious discrepancy between ideas and the concrete human needs they are meant to address. Little wonder, the large number of graduates it produces has not yielded satisfactory results in terms of socio-economic growth and development. The basic thesis of this discourse is that only a decisive paradigm shift of emphasis from the present status quo to a practical-oriented academic formation, typified by the concept of pragmatist epistemology, can salvage this situation and lead to sustainable development in Nigeria.


Keywords


Pragmatism, Epistemology, Educational Approach, Idealism, Nigeria

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