Felicitas Onyemazuwa Iwuagwu (PhD), Felicia Onyekpauwanaka Akuta (PhD), Godson Chinedum Iwuagwu


Children from their early stage after birth are fascinated by what they see rather than what they hear. Organization of visual materials in a way to achieve a given instructional objectives refers to visual teaching. However, the emergent of COVID-19 pandemic gave more credence to visual teaching as one of the teaching methods that strived during COVID -19 pandemic total lockdown for teaching of children. Thus, this study aimed to empirically ascertain the challenges and assets of visual teaching in childhood education in North Central, Nigeria. The study adopted survey research design. Two research questions guided the study. A sample size of 900 childhood education teachers drawn from 60 primary schools in North Central Nigeria was used for the study. Mean and standard deviation was used to answer the research questions. The result of the study showed that the challenges of visual teaching in childhood education  include that teachers have poor knowledge of visual teaching, Visual teaching requires sequential and strategic organization visual materials for adequate communication, teachers skills on visual teaching is inadequate, there is shortage of visual teaching aids among basic schools in North Central Nigeria, and there is insufficient facilities required to support visual teaching among basic schools in North Central Nigeria among others. Besides, the result of the study revealed the assets of visual teaching in the COVID- 19 era to include visual teaching fosters critical thinking among learners, visual teaching increases high order learning among learners, visual learning enhances retention among learners and that visual teaching and learning is suitable for learners with both good and poor language skill among others. Thus, the study concluded that visual teaching is not effectively used in North Central Nigeria. Hence the study recommends that capacity building programme should be organized for basic education school teachers on visual teaching.


Survey, Assets, Challenges, Visual Teaching, Childhood Education, Covid-19 Era, North-Central Nigeria.

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