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School of Education


Dr. Babalola Ogunkola

Dr. Babalola Ogunkola

Senior Lecturer in Science Education & Evaluation

Department: School of Education


Dr. Babalola J. Ogunkola is a Senior Lecturer in Science Education and Evaluation in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. He served as Director, School of Education and Chair, Eastern Caribbean Joint Board of Teacher Education from September 2014 to July 2018. He holds a PhD Degree in Science Education & Evaluation. He has several publications in local and international journals, mostly in the areas of Evaluation of Science Students’ Achievement, Teaching Effectiveness in Science Education as well as Scientific Literacy.

He has presented academic papers in many local and international conferences. He has served as the Managing Editor of the Caribbean Educational Research Journal, published by the School of Education, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. He is an Executive Editorial Board Member of Intellectbase International Consortium based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He is also a member of professional associations and institutes such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA).


  • PGCUTL (The University of the West Indies, 2011)
  • Ph.D. (University of Ibadan, 2000)

Research Areas

Research Interests:

Dr Ogunkola's research interests are in the areas of  scientific literacy, teaching effectiveness and evaluation of student achievement in Science & Technology subjects or discipline.

Research Projects Completed

  1. All in School: Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children, Eastern Caribbean – Funded by United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF); 2017
  2. Building Capacity For Strengthening Classroom Management Practices Using Positive Behaviour Management Strategies in the Caribbean – Funded by United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF); 2018

Teaching Areas

  • Learning & Teaching in Science & Technology Education
  • Structure and Nature of Science
  • Measurement & Assessment in Science & Technology Education
  • Evaluation of Educational Programmes
  • Curriculum Development in Science & Technology Education

Select Publications

Ogunkola, B. and Knight, C. (2018). Does technical drawing increase students’ mental rotation? Cogent Education, 5 (1), pp. 1 – 9.Published by Taylor & Francis Online. Available at:

Ogunkola, B & Blackman, S. (2016) Eds. Transforming Learning: International Perspectives. New Castle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4438-9693-1. 285 pages. Available at:

Samuel, D and Ogunkola, B. (2015). Elementary school teachers’ epistemological beliefs as predictors of their inquiry-based practices in science, International Journal of Elementary Education, 4 (6) pp. 101 – 112. Available at:

Ogunkola, B. J. and Archer-Bradshaw, R (2013). Teacher quality indicators as predictors of instructional assessment practices in science classrooms in secondary schools in Barbados. Research in Education 43 (1), pp. 3 – 31. Published by Springer, Netherlands. Available at:

Ogunkola, B. J. (2013). Scientific literacy: Conceptual overview, importance and strategies for improvement. Journal of Educational and Social Research, 3 (1), pp. 264 – 275. Published by MCSR. Available at:

Additional Info

Research awards received include:

  1. Most Outstanding Researcher, The University of the West Indies, Faculty of Humanities and Education, Cave Hill Campus, 2012 - 2013 – Special Award on the occasion of Campus Research Days on 24 – 25 February 2014
  2. Principal’s Award for Excellence in the Academic Category in Recognition of Outstanding Research Accomplishments. Presented by Pro-Chancellor & Principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Professor Hilary Beckles on December 13, 2014  


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