Tradition has become the basis of knowledge to every group of mankind throughout the world, as every community existence depends on their traditional values. In view of this, scientific development, which is also an attribute of knowledge, could not be totally divorced from these human traditions, which had either, enhance socio-economic and scientific development or inhibits the interaction of traditional values to scientific development. This study highlights the conceptual framework of tradition with regards to National Science Policy and their effect on scientific development in Africa, especially Nigeria. It also highlights the influence of traditional values such as hierarchy, egalitarianism and fatalism on science development. Each was categorized into problematic status each had on science development. In conclusion, suggestions were made as to link exploits of tradition on science development with a view of increasing scientific knowledge.

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Impacts of tradition on science development in Nigeria

FASUNWON, B. T   Tai Solarin University of Education, Department of Biology and Integrated Science, Ijebu – Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.

FASUNWON, O. O   Olabisi Onabanjo University, Department of Physics, Ago – Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria

Tradition has become the basis of knowledge to every group of mankind throughout the world, as every community existence depends on their traditional values. In view of this, scientific development, which is also an attribute of knowledge, could not be totally divorced from these human traditions, which had either, enhance socio-economic and scientific development or inhibits the interaction of traditional values to scientific development. This study highlights the conceptual framework of tradition with regards to National Science Policy and their effect on scientific development in Africa, especially Nigeria. It also highlights the influence of traditional values such as hierarchy, egalitarianism and fatalism on science development. Each was categorized into problematic status each had on science development. In conclusion, suggestions were made as to link exploits of tradition on science development with a view of increasing scientific knowledge.

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