NIGERIA’S CULTURAL PRACTICES: IMPEDIMENTS TO GIRLS’ PARTICIPATION IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MATHEMATICS (STM) EDUCATION
In this paper, an attempt has been made to examine the influence of the Nigerian cultural practices on the participation of the girl-child in Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) Education. The paper emphasized on the existing conflicts between the Nigerian cultural practices and science highlighting on the tricultural milieu within which the Nigerian child operates. It identified culture as the major impediment to girls’ participation in science as the Nigerian culture presents science as a predominantly male domain thereby placing the girl-child in a marginalized and disadvantaged position in an era in which science and technology form the dominant culture that dictates the pace and direction of world affairs. It was recommended among others that girls should be made to see the relevance of science and technology to their lives. They should not only understand science but have a scientific attitude and approach towards the world and its problems.
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