Prof. James Adu OPARE

PhD, M.Ed, B.Ed, Dip, Cert ‘A’  
Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty: Faculty Of Education
Department: Social Studies
Campus: Akuapem
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Brief Profile:

I am a seasoned teacher with several years’ experience in teaching at the basic education level, five years’ experience in pre-university teacher education, and over 20 years’ experience in teacher education at the university level.

I am an academic with a wide network of colleagues in North America, Continental Europe, The United Kingdom, Taiwan, The Caribbean, and Africa. I am a good team player with over a decade of inspired leadership in higher education.

Research Interests:

  • General Education
  • Educational Management
  • Academic Performance
  • Classroom social interaction
  • Equity issues in education
  • School effectiveness
  • Decentralization
Publications and Conferences:

• 1. Saani, A-J., Opare, J. A., & Yarquah, J. A. (2014). The complex influence of school organisational culture on teachers’ commitment to the teaching profession. Malaysian Journal of Education / Jurnal Pendidikan Malaysia, 39(2), 101-107.
2. Opare, J. A. & Adams Hall Francis (2013). Students’ perception of the organizational culture of their school as a correlate of their commitment to the school. African Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Vol. 6 (1). p73 – 82
3. Asiedu, H. O., Opare, J. A., & Baafi-Frimpong, S. (2013). The influence of social connectedness on early motherhood among teenage school girls in Amansie Central District of Ghana. African Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 6(2), 30-41.
4. Opare, J. A., & Egbenya, G. R. K., Kaba, M., & Baku, J. (2012). Effectiveness of decentralisation in Ghana. Journal of Educational Research in Africa, 4, 56-67.
5. Opare James A., Egbenya Godwin R.K., Kaba Margaret (2012). Report on the
evaluation of decentralization in the education, water and health sectors: the case of Ghana. In Transnational Research: Decentralization in West and Central Africa: Learn from local and inter-sectoral experiences in the Education, Water & Health sectors. Edited by Malam Moussa Laouali & Ilboudu Ernest K. p219 – 251. ROCARE/EDUC 1. p217-251
6. Milledzi, E. Y., Opare, J. A., & Yarquah, J. A. (2010). The effect of the social context of collaborative learning on the academic achievement of distance education students. Journal of Educational Research, 2(1), 69-81.
7. Opare, J. A., & Kuranchie, A. (2010). Parents’ Perception of the value of secondary education: Rural – urban location is irrelevant. Ghana Journal of Counselling, Psychology and Education, 2(1), 165-179.
8. Opare, J. A. (2010). The influence of corporate culture on organizational commitment in Ghanaian polytechnics. Journal of Research in Education, 2(1), 40-50.
9. Agyepong, F., Opare J. A., Owusu-Banahene, N. Y. & Yarquah, J. A. (2010). The typology and magnitude of sexual harassment of female students in Ghanaian Senior High Schools. Research in Education: p56-67
10. Opare, J. A. (2008). Gender differences in academic self-efficacy beliefs and perception of the internal dynamics of the collaborative learning context. Gender and Behaviour, 6(1), 1617-1631.
11. Opare, J. A., & Kuranchie, A. (2008). Parents’ preferred locus of responsibility for funding secondary education: A test of four models. International Journal of Educational Research, 4(1), 27-36.
12. Opare, J. A. (2007). A case for professional studies in education for teachers in higher educational institutions. In D. E. K. Amenumey (Ed.), Challenges of education in Ghana in the 21st Century (Chapter 16, 248-256). Accra: Woeli.
13. Opare, J. A. (2007). Simplicities and complexities of the effect of collaborative learning contexts on academic achievement. International Journal of Educational Research, 3(1), 147-160.
14. Opare, J. A., & Yarquah, J. A. (2006). Correlates of educational attainment in Cape Coast. The Integrator, 1(1), 108-120.
15. Opare, J. A. (2003). Kayayei: The women head porters of southern Ghana. Journal of social development in Africa, 18(2), 33-48.
16. Opare, J. A., & Addison, K. (2003). Determinants of post-retirement satisfaction among Ghanaian teachers. Ife Psychologia, 11(1), 12-22.
17. Opare, J. A., & Yarquah, J. A. (2003). Determinants of educational attainment in Cape Coast: A test of Coleman’s social capital theory. The Oguaa Journal of Social Science, 4, 81-98.
18. Anyagre, P. Baafi Frimpong, S., Opare, J. A., & Quist, H. O. (2003). Social and philosophical foundations of education: Course book for Centre for Continuing Education. Cape Coast: University Press.
19. Obeng E. Adow; Opare J.A., & Dzinyela, J.M. (2003). The contribution of higher educational institutions in improving quality of primary education: the case of the Centre for Research in Improving Quality of Primary Education in Ghana: (CRIOPEG). ADEA
20. Opare, J. A., & Asaolu, D. (2003). Integrating technology in the Ghanaian classroom. In A. Adebayo, & J. K. Tufour (eds.), Instructional technology training for basic education in Ghana (Chapter 8, p88-93). Kennesaw: Kennesaw State University Press.
21. Opare, J. A. (2002). Co-operative learning enhances application of subject matter. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, 18, 125-137.
22. Opare, J. A., & Dramanu, B. Y. (2002). Determinants of academic success: Academic effort is an intervening variable. Ife Psychologia, 10(2), 86-95.
23. Opare, J. A. (2002). The relevance of social capital in students’ educational aspirations. Ghana Journal of Education and Teaching, 2, 86-95.
24. Opare, J. A., & Atatsi, B. S. (2002). Poverty: The persistent cause of dropping out of school. Journal of Research and Development in Education, 3, 27-38.
25. Opare, J. A. (2001). The role of capital in educational success. In J. O. Mankoe (Ed.), Readings in contemporary education (Chapter 3, pages 15-23. Accra. Adwinsa.
26. Opare, J. A. (2000). Boys and girls choice of scientific and technical occupations: Some new insights. Oguaa Educator, 12(2), 29-42.
27. Opare, J. A. (1999). Girls’ educational aspirations: The differential influence of the school’s sex composition. Ghana Journal of Education and Teaching, 1(1), 25-33.
28. Opare, J. A. (1999). Academic performance in private and public basic schools: Management makes the difference. Journal of Educational Management, 2, 1-12.
29. Opare, J. A. (1998). Choosing a single-sex school: Elite cloning motive or queue jumping ambition? Journal of Educational Management, 1, 94-104.
30. Opare, J. A. (1998). The relationship between socioeconomic background and students’ educational aspirations. Journal of the Institute of Education, 4(2), 177-129.
31. Opare, J. A. (1996). Boys and girls in science: Does the sex composition of the school matter? Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, 1, 27-44.
32. Opare, J. A. (1992). Rural development through formal education: A reappraisal. Oguaa Educator, 10(2), 49-60.


1. Workshop on Ethical Considerations in Research. University of Cape Coast Auditorium, May 15 – 15, 2014. Participant.
2. Workshop on Teaching Methodology for Lecturers of Ghana School of Law at mac Dick Royal Plaza, Koforidua, Saturday November 23, 2013. Resource Person.
3. 4th International Conference of CEFWA. University of Cape Coast, Ghana, September 9 – 13, 2013. Participant.
4. Seminar for the Education Select Committee of Parliament on Factors Influencing Achievement of the FCUBE Objectives. MJ Grand Hotel and Miklin Hotel, East Legon, Accra, July 20 – 21, 2013. Resource Person.
5. Training Workshop Sponsored by University of Sydney, Australia on Improving Teacher Education Quality in Ghana. University of Sydney, November 5 – 17, 2012. Participant.
6. Conference on International Thesis Assessment. University of Illorin, Nigeria, June 12 – 14, 2012. Participant.
7. Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa workshop to Harmonize Decentralization Report Format. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, June 15 – 18, 2010. Presenter.
8. Open University led Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) Conference. Aloette Hotel/Farm, Johannesburg, South Africa, April 28 – May 1, 2010. Co-Presenter.
9. Conference of the Collaboration of Education Faculties of West Africa (EFWA). Paper Presented: “Corporate Culture and Quality Assurance in Higher Education”. University of Illorin, February 8 – 11, 2010.
10. Conference of the Tennessee Board of Regents, and the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast on Collaboration on Quality Initiative. Nashville, TN, USA, July 24 – August 1, 2009. Leader of the Ghanaian Team.
11. Conference of the West African Consortium of Teacher Education (WACTE). Abuja, Nigeria, February 15 – 20, 2009. Participant.
12. Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa Workshop to Harmonize Instrument for a Transnational Research on Decentralization. Niamey, Niger, January 12 – 16, 2009. Participant.
13. International Conference on Teacher Education. University of Cape Coast, July 16 – 18, 2008. Discussant.
14. Public Lecture Delivered at the Great Hall. Paper Presented: “The New Education Reforms: Prospects, Challenges, and The Way Forward”. University of Ghana, Legon, July 12, 2008.
15. Third International Conference on ICT Development, Education and Training. Accra, May 28 – 30, 2008. Participant.
16. International Management Capacity Building Workshop for Senior Management Staff of African Universities Organized by AAU. GIMPA, February 24 – March 7, 2008. Participant.
17. Dissemination Seminar on Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania. Accra, January 16 – 18, 2008. Presenter.
18. National Stakeholders Validation Workshop of the National African Peer Review Mechanism. Elmina, Ghana, December 18 – 19, 2007. Discussant/Chairman.
19. Teacher Education Conference at the University of the West Indies. Paper Presented: “Quality Basic Education, the Teacher Factor, and the Need for Continuing Professional Development for Teachers in Africa”. Trinidad, October 26, 2007.
20. International Conference on the African Business Leaders Forum on Leadership. Accra, August 27 – 29, 2007. Participant.
21. Preparatory Meeting for the 2008 Biennial of ADEA. Accra, April 5 – 6, 2007. Participant.
22. Regional Scientific Meeting of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge. Accra, March 22 – 24, 2007. Participant.
23. Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA) Regional Workshop to develop a transnational research project on decentralization in West and Central Africa. Bamako, Mali, February 11 – 15, 2007. Participant/Presenter.
24. Workshop to Prepare a National Teacher Education Policy for Ghana. Shai Hills, Ghana, December 4 – 8, 2006. Resource Person.
25. International Conference on Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania. University of Sussex, UK, November 5 – 11, 2006. Participant.
26. Seminar on the Topic, “The Impact of Teacher Education on the New Education Reforms” Presented at Vrije University, Amsterdam on June 24, 2006.
27. International Training Workshop on Science and Mathematics Practical for Teachers in Ghana. Vrije University, Amsterdam, June 18 – 25, 2006. Participant.
28. Conference on Management and Leadership Capacity Building for Polytechnics in Ghana. Sunyani, Ghana, January 9 – 10, 2006. Resource Person.
29. National Consultative Workshop on Quality Education. Accra, November 24, 2005. Participant.
30. Capacity Building Workshop on Management and Supervision for Heads of Department in Ghanaian Teacher Training Colleges. Kumasi, July 5 – 8, 2005. Resource Person.
31. One-Day Stakeholders Workshop to Develop Operational Programme of the INSET Policy, Sponsored by JICA. Accra, March 17, 2005. Participant.
32. Conference on Private Higher Education Organized by ADEA and AAU. Accra, November 2 – 3, 2004. Participant.
33. Six-Day International Training Workshop on Capacity Building in Management and Pedagogy for High School Teachers Organized by the Pan-African Teachers Centre. Paper Presented: “The Teacher as a Researcher”. Lome, Togo, September 20 – October 2, 2004.
34. National Forum on Teacher Education. Paper Presented: “Content Knowledge: A Prerequisite for Effective Teacher Education”. University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, May 11 – 12, 2004.
35. National Forum on Harnessing Research, Science and Technology for Sustainable Development. Accra, March 15 – 19, 2004. Participant.
36. International Conference of Education Experts and ECOWAS Ministers of Education. M-Plaza, Accra, January 9 – 13, 2004. Participant.

37. Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) Conference on Improving the Quality of Basic Education in Africa. Paper Presented: “The Role of Higher Educational Institutions in Improving the Quality of Basic Education in Ghana”. Grand Baiei, Mauritius, December 3 – 6, 2003.
38. International Conference/Workshop to Develop Curriculum for an MA Programme in Civic Literacy and Adult Education at Wayne State University. Detroit, Michigan USA, September 26 – 30, 2003. Resource Person.
39. One-Day Workshop Organized by the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast and School of Education, University of Sussex, Under the Auspices of DFID, on the Theme, Education For All: Education in the Rural Communities in Ghana: The Role of ICT. University of Cape Coast, March 25, 2003. Participant.
40. One-Day Workshop Organized by the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition on the Theme: Education For All, Cape Coast, March 24, 2003. Resource Person.
41. International Workshop Organized by the Centre for International Education, University of Cape Coast in Collaboration with Kennesaw State University, USA. Theme: The Virtue of International Thinking, March 10 – 12, 2003. Participant.
42. Seminar for a Visiting Team of Danish Professors Paper Presented: State and Private Enterprise in the Development of Formal Education in Ghana since the 16th Century”. University of Cape Coast Auditorium, 2003.
43. National Symposium on Multisite Teacher Education Research Project. Marina Hotel, Dodowa, Ghana, July 10 – 12, 2002. Participant.
44. Instructional Technology Training for Basic School Teachers. Faculty of Education, University of Cape Coast, 4 – 8 March, 2002. Trainer.
45. International Workshop for the Pan-African Teachers Forum. Paper Presented: “The Teacher: A Cornerstone of National Development”. British Council Hall, Accra, December 6, 2001.
46. Seminar on Integrated Instructional Technology. Paper Presented: “Integrating Technology in the Ghanaian Classroom.” Fort Valley State University, GA, USA, November 21, 2001.
47. ALO/USAID-Sponsored Training in Instructional Technology in the Georgia State University System. USA, October 27 – November 24, 2001. Participant.
48. National Forum on Teacher Education. Paper Presented: “The Teacher Factor in Improving School Quality in Rural Areas”. University of Education, Winneba, August 3 – 5, 2001.
49. Seminar on Testing and Curriculum Development for Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana) at Villa Cisneros, Sogakofe, Ghana, February 22 – 24, 2001. Resource Person.
50. Public Lecture. Paper Presented: “The State of Education of the Child in the Central Region”. University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, January 8, 1999.
51. 58th Annual Conference of the Southern Sociological Society. Paper Presented: “Determinants of Students’ Option for the Science Programme in Ghanaian Secondary Schools”. Atlanta, Georgia, USA, April 6 – 9, 1995.
52. 56th Annual Conference of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, USA, April 5 – 8, 1993. Participant.
53. Annual Conference of the Southern Rural Sociological Society. Paper Presented: “A Reappraisal of the Role of Formal Education in Rural Development in Ghana”. Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas, USA, April 5 – 8, 1991.

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