Combatting the Danger of a Single Story: Empirical Comparison of Resource Availability among Ibadan Rural and Urban Pre-School Centers, Nigeria

Keywords: Equal-Access, Pre-Primary Education, Preschool Resources, Rural-Urban Learning


Learning in the early years of life is not just an intra-personal effort of the child alone; rather, it involves the interplay of several social factors, which can affect a child’s development. However, literature that considered and presented these factors as obtainable within preschools mostly revealed their facts and figures in a single story of either urban or rural preschools, cheering an uneven intervention from developmental agencies afterward. This study sought to provide an empirical comparison of the state of preschool resources in Ibadan rural and urban communities. A descriptive survey research design was adopted. The population includes public preschool centers in Ibadan. A proportionate stratified sampling technique was used to select 20% of the preschools from two selected local governments of Ibadan which represent the urban and rural communities. A total sample of 33 preschools was used. Data was collected using Pre-primary School Resources Availability Checklist (PREPSRAC, r = 0.89). Findings were that classroom resources are more available in urban preschools compared to rural pre-primary schools of Ibadan contrary to generalized remarks. Equity rather than equality of resources distribution is therefore recommended as a way of discontinuing the danger of a single story in pre-primary education for promoting equal learning.


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Author Biographies

Iyanuoluwa Emmanuel Olalowo, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Iyanuoluwa Emmanuel Olalowo is a Sterling Graduate Student of Early Childhood Education at the University of Ibadan and current Executive Director at Foundation for Rural Education and Empowerment. He also holds certification in Qualitative Research Methods and Early Years Parenting from the University of Amsterdam and Yale University respectively. 

Ishola Akindele Salami, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Ishola Akindele Salami is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Early Childhood and Educational Foundations, University of Ibadan with about two decades of expertise in the area of Early Childhood Mathematics Education, Education for social and national development with practical intervention focusing on pre-primary and primary levels of education in Nigeria


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How to Cite
Olalowo, I. E., & Salami, I. A. (2021). Combatting the Danger of a Single Story: Empirical Comparison of Resource Availability among Ibadan Rural and Urban Pre-School Centers, Nigeria. International Journal of Social Learning (IJSL), 1(2), 205-217.