Influence of the Use of E-Learning Technologies on the Learning of Business Education Courses as Perceived by Business Education Students in South-South, Nigeria (Published)
The study was carried out to determine perceived influence of the use of e-learning technologies on the learning of Business Education courses in Public Universities in South-South, Nigeria. The study was guided by two research questions and two null hypotheses. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The population of the study is eight hundred and seventy-nine final year students in public universities in South-South, Nigeria. The sample of size of 275 Business Education students, through Yaro Yamane formula was studied. Structured questionnaire containing 25 item entitled “Perceived influence of the use of e-learning technologies on the learning of Business Education courses” were used for data collection. The instrument was validated by three (3) experts. The Cronbach Alpha Reliability coefficient was 0.97 and 0.91. 275 copies of instrument were distributed; 250 copies were successfully retrieved from students. Mean (X) and Standard Deviation (SD) were used in analyzing the research questions. The null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance using t-test statistical tool. The findings showed that the use of digital library, video conference and Google search engine have positive influence on the learning of Business Education in Public Universities in South-South, Nigeria. The hypotheses tested showed there is no significant difference between the opinion of students in Federal and State Universities perceived influence of digital library in learning of Business Education courses, there is no significant difference in the mean ratings of male and female Business Education students on the perceived influence of the use of video conferencing in learning of Business Education courses, Nigeria and there is no significant difference in the mean ratings of Business Education Students in Federal and State Universities on the perceived influence of the use of Google Search Engine in learning of business education courses in public universities based on school ownership. Based on the findings of the study, it was concluded that, the use of digital camera, digital library, video conferencing and Google search engine are believed to have influence on the learning of Business Education courses in public universities in South-South, Nigeria. The study recommended among others that management of public universities in South-South zone of Nigeria should endeavour to adequately provide e-learning technologies identified in order to sustain e-learning in learning of business education courses. The educational implication is that the e-learning technologies for teaching and learning of Business Education courses influence teaching and learning of Business Education courses. Training and re-training of lecturers in the utilization of e-learning technologies should be adopted, because it will improve lecturers’ skills in business education courses and also help students to learn better and faster in the classroom.
Business Educators’ Ratings on the Constraints to Effective Online Teaching in Universities in the South East, Nigeria in the New Normal Environment (Published)
The empirical study on Business Educators’ ratings on the constraints to online teaching in new normal environment was carried out in the South East States of Nigeria. The general purpose of the study was to determine the Business Educators’ ratings of factors constraining online teaching in Universities in the South East States of Nigeria in the new normal environment. Survey research design was utilized for the study. The population comprised 68 Business Educators in the Universities in the South East offering Business Education programme made up of 49 Business Educators from the Federal Universities and 19Business Educators from the State Universities. Two research questions and two hypotheses tested at 0.05 level of significance were utilized for the study. A validated instrument by expert s from Enugu State University of Science and Technology was used to elicit information from the respondents. Mean and standard deviation were used to analyze the research questions while t-test statistics was used to test the hypotheses. From the result of the analysis, it was revealed that technological constraints such as Business Educators’ resistance to new technologies, poor access to internet connectivity constrains online teaching in the new normal environment. The researchers concluded that since online teaching is irresistible in the new normal environment., Business Educators in Universities in the South East of Nigeria have no choice other than to embrace online teaching and brake the barrier of constraining themselves to the walls of the classroom. Based on the findings of the study, the researchers recommended among others that Business educators should upgrade their skills and get fully prepared for the utilization of online teaching in the new normal environment.
Citation: Nwokike F.O., and Eya G. M. (2022) Business Educators’ Ratings On the Constraints to Effective Online Teaching in Universities in The South East, Nigeria in The New Normal Environment, British Journal of Education, Vol.10, Issue 13, pp.45-55
Teaching Strategies Employed By Teachers for Improving Students’ Learning in Business Education in Secondary Schools in Delta State (Published)
Citation: Onajite, G. O. (2022) Teaching Strategies Employed By Teachers for Improving Students’ Learning in Business Education in Secondary Schools in Delta State, British Journal of Education, Vol.10, Issue 3, pp., 85-100
Abstract:This study investigated teaching strategies employed by teachers for improving students’ learning in Business Education in secondary schools in Delta State. Four research questions guided the study. The descriptive survey research design was employed in the study. Population of the study consisted of all the 2,100 teachers teaching business education subjects in the 448 secondary schools in Delta State. Sample size of the study comprised 630 business education teachers from 224 secondary schools in Delta State selected using stratified random sampling technique. A 40-item researchers’ self-developed questionnaire titled “Teaching Strategies employed by Teachers for Improving Student’s Learning in Business Education Questionnaire (TSTISLBEQ)” arranged into four clusters, and structured on 4-point scale. The research instrument was validated by three experts and reliability determined through a pilot test which yielded an internal consistency reliability value of 0.74. Data collected were analyzed using the mean score and standard deviation. The findings of this study revealed among others that the teachers mostly employed the direct teaching strategies. All the other teaching strategies like the experimental, material/visual aids, interactive and the independent teaching strategies were largely not employed by the teachers in teaching business education in secondary schools in Delta State. From the findings, recommendations were made which include and among them were that principals in the secondary schools should encourage and support the teachers to employ other direct teaching strategies such as seminars, individualized instruction method, peer tutoring, team teaching and sharing students into different reading groups for improving students’ learning in business education in secondary schools in Delta State.
Influence of Social Media on Academic Performance of Business Education Students of Public Universities in South-East States of Nigeria (Published)
The main purpose of the study was to determine the influence of social media on academic performance of business education students in public universities in South-East States of Nigeria. Two research questions and two null hypothesis guided the study. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The population was 397 students of business education programme in the seven public universities in South-East states of Nigeria. The entire population was used for the study, therefore there was no sampling. The instrument used for data collection was a 20 items questionnaire structure in four point rating scale. The instrument was validated by three experts. The reliability of the instrument was conducted using Cronbach Alpha and it yielded 0.86. Out of 397 copies of the questionnaire distributed to the respondents 374 was returned representing 94.21% returned rate. Mean with standard deviation was used to answer the research questions and the null hypothesis were tested at 0.05 level of significant using t-test. The findings of the study showed that social media influences the students’ academic performance positively and negatively in business education. Based on the finding, recommendations were made which include that students should be encouraged to utilize social media in the way that it will positively influence the academic performance, and students should be given assignments and research work to keep them busy away from the negative use.
Business Education: An Indispensable Tool for Achieving Sustainable Development in the South-East States of Nigeria (Published)
The study was carried out by the researchers in the South East States of Nigeria to determine how business education could be an indispensable tool for achieving sustainable development. A survey research design was used for the study. The population comprised 46 business educators teaching in public universities in the South East States of Nigeria. A self-structured questionnaire developed by the researchers and carefully validated by the experts in the Faculty of Education of Enugu State University of Science and Technology was used for data collection. Mean and Standard deviation were used to answer the two research questions that guided the study while t.test hypothesis was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The result of the study showed that business education programme is an indispensable tool for achieving sustainable development in the South East States of Nigeria because it provides the needed manpower required in industries. The study equally revealed that one of the strategies for achieving sustainable development in the South East States of Nigeria through business education programme is to ensure that the school curriculum is relevant to the skills required of industries. Moreover, there was no significant difference between the mean responses of male and female business educators on the relevance of business education in achieving sustainable development and the strategies for achieving sustainable development in the South East States of Nigeria. Based on the findings of the study, the researchers recommended among others that the curriculum planners should ensure that the school curriculum content is relevant to the skills required of industries because of the relevance of the programme in providing the needed manpower in industries.
The Imperatives of Teaching Methods in Improving the Entrepreneurial Competencies of Business Education Students in Universities in South East and South South States of Nigeria (Published)
Globally, there is current emphasis on entrepreneurship education mostly in developing countries. Despite the laudable objectives of entrepreneurship education, observation shows that business education graduates in South East and South South States of Nigeria still lack the requisite skills needed for self-employment. The main aim of this study was to determine the imperatives of teaching methods in improving the entrepreneurial competencies of business education students in Universities in the South East and South South States of Nigeria for self-employment. The study adopted a survey research design and it covered the 15 Universities in the South East and South South States of Nigeria offering business education programme. The population comprised 109 respondents. The entire population was used; therefore, no sample was drawn. A self –structured four point scale questionnaire was used for data collection and it was validated by three experts. The reliability was determined using Cronbach Alpha while the reliability co-efficient yielded 0.73. Mean and Standard deviation were used to answer the research question while analysis of variance was used to test the hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. Based on the research findings, the respondents agreed that the use of practical activities and demonstration method as an instructional skill could improve the entrepreneurial competencies of business education students and also the use of mentorship could equally do the same. The study recommends that the use of practical activities and demonstration method should be highly utilized by business educators in teaching entrepreneurship education in order to improve the entrepreneurial competencies of business education students for self-employment. Also, business educators should encourage the students to associate with their mentors so as to tap from their wealth of experience.
Status of Technologies in Business Education Departments of Tertiary Institutions in Ebonyi State for Effective Integration of Electronic Learning (Published)
The study was conducted to assess status of technologies in business education departments of tertiary institutions in Ebonyi state for effective integration of electronic learning. Two purposes of study and corresponding research questions provided guide for the study. Two hypotheses were tested in the study. The population was 37 business education lecturers and 748 Business Education Students in three tertiary institutions that offer Business Education programmes. All the business education lecturers and 486 Business Education students were used. This gave a sample size of 523. The instrument for data collection was a questionnaire titled “Integrating e-learning into Business Education Programs (IEBEP)”, which consists of 39 literature-based items meant to elicit information from the respondents. The reliability of the instrument was ensured by using Cronbach alpha reliability computation which yielded a co-efficient index of 0.98. A total of 523 copies of the instrument were administered to the respondents but 522 were correctly filled and returned. Mean, standard deviation and t-test statistical techniques were used to analyze the data that emerged from the study and the hypotheses tested at 0.05 alpha level. Results from the data analyzed showed that most computer equipment needed for integration of e-learning are available in business education departments, most computer networks are lacking in business education department. It was recommended, among others, that government and the school management should upgrade computer resources in Business Education departments
Skills Training Needed by Business Education Students for Successful Entrepreneurship: Implications for Colleges of Education in Nigeria. (Published)
Scholars have identified entrepreneurship education as the missing link between poverty and national development. Consequently, developing a functional Entrepreneurship curriculum for tertiary institutions is needed. This paper dealt with the various skills needed by business education students for successful entrepreneurship. Three research questions and three null hypotheses tested at 0.05 level of significance guided the study. The Population of the study consisted of 6002 students of Business Education , 600 of the total population were used for study. The study made use of survey design. A structured questionnaire designed on 4 point rating scale containing 44 items on skills training needed for successful entrepreneurship grouped into three clusters was used for gathering data for the study. Data were analyzed using mean and standard deviation to answer the research questions while t-test was used to test the three null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. It was found that information and communication technology (ICT) skill, Risk management skill training and innovative skill training are needed for successful entrepreneurship. It was recommended that the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) should from time to time review the course content /syllabus, adequate funds and special grants be provided by government to colleges of education especially in south-west states to enable them procure and maintain needed teaching and learning materials.