Cognitive Dissonance and Deutero-learning Strategies among Yoruba Speaking Nigerian Children

By Sherifat Adefunke Ehindero and Isaac Ayodele Ojediran.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The study compares the approaches to problem solving of two groups of children with contrasting cognitions based in their respective cultural environment –rural non-western (Yoruba) and urban western-style cultures. A qualitative research design was used to test the hypothesis that cognitive dissonance operates to influence how children from non-western Yoruba culture explain the phenomenon of the Rainbow. The conflict in cognition inherent in the prevailing cultural environment prevented the children from providing a scientific explanation of the Rainbow task. Prevailing operative values, and dogmas are suggested to undermine the quality of scientific explanation of children from non-western cultures. The educational and counseling implications of the results of the study are discussed.

Keywords: Cognitive Dissonance, Deutero-learning, Strategies, Cultural Carry Over

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp.233-240. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.209MB).

Dr. Sherifat Adefunke Ehindero

Lecturer, Department of Educational Foundation and Counselling, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ile-ife Osun State, Nigeria

Dr. (Mrs) Ehindero is lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling. She had her Masters of Arts Degree in Education (Guidance and Counselling) in 1999 and Ph.D in Education (Guidance and Counselling). She has published a number of articles and conference proceedings in both local and international journals and attended conferences and workshops in her areas of specialization.

Isaac Ayodele Ojediran

Lecturer, Department of Special Education and Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education., Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ile-ife Osun State, Nigeria

Mr. Ojediran is lecturer in the department of Special Education and Curriculum Studies. He is presently undergoing his master programme in the Department. He has published in a number of reputable journals both locally and internationally. Mr. Ojediran is happily married with children.

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