Taiwo Gbadegesin



I am a PhD student from Ondo state, Nigeria. I am an assistant lecturer at Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti Nigeria. I have taught courses in Nursery and Primary Education to pre-service teachers and also served as their course adviser.

I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Education from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife Nigeria in 2006. In 2011, I obtained M.A.Ed. in Early Childhood Education at the same University.

My last employment was at First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Nigeria where I was a customer service officer. I decided to leave banking career in order to pursue my passion for academic career. 

What motivated me to undertake PhD study?

My passion for academic career and research in the area of childhood studies. I have always wanted to undertake research that will look at the peculiarity of the Nigerian context. So, I decided to come to the University of Leeds in order to gain more understanding of the social study of childhood.

What makes me passionate about my subject?

I am an advocate of children’s right to quality education. I know my home country has its own peculiarities and challenges. I really want to explore how quality education for young children can be understood and achieved in the present time.

I am also passionate about this area of research because I believe that my doctoral work will make an original contribution to the future development of Early Childhood Education in Nigeria and the academia.

What are my plans once I have completed my PhD?

I plan to go back and give back to the world of academia in my home country. I will continue to teach in the University and advocate children’ right to quality education.

Research interests

Submission date not yet agreed.

From policy to practice: Socio- cultural dimensions of quality assessment in early childhood education in Nigeria.

My research aims to explore the socio cultural dimensions of quality assessment in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) institutions, with a view to co-constructing meanings of quality education for young children through exploring the discourses among the stakeholders. The overall aim is to develop a theoretical model that can be used in the development of an assessment tool of quality in early childhood education institutions in Nigeria.