Indigenous Literacy Resource Materials Development: Effective Means of Architectural Education
M. A. O. Oladele, University of Uyo

This paper posits that knowledge is hinged on environment; the things we see and know help us to understand things that are out of reach. The focus is on architectural education in Nigeria, which like most other professions and fields of study. was naturally fashioned after the Euro-American model from the onset due to the legacy of the expatriate educators both at home and abroad. Consequently, literacy resource materials and methods have remained largely “western”and the architect educator has relied solely on foreign materials, books,references, systems and data as teaching tools. The study underlines the two—fold limitations of this system, the inability of the educator to effectively communicate western~0rientedconcepts and ideologies on the one hand, and the inability of the student to understand an the other. Very often the educator resorts to indigenous examples or the mother-tongue in an
attempt to solve the problem. This approach however is not totally effective because certain concepts and expressions lack parallels in the local language. The paper therefore recommends the development of literacy resource materials with indigenous content which can he used alongside foreign alternatives to lend clarity to basic concepts as a more
effective means of architectural education and human resource development.

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