Constraints on Acquisition of Electrical Installation and Maintenance Work Skills among Students in Technical colleges in Akwa-Ibom State (Published)
The study sought to find out Constraints on Acquisition of Electrical Installation and Maintenance Work Skills Among Students in Technical colleges in Akwa-Ibom State,. Descriptive survey design was used in the design of the study. The population of the study consisted of a total of 332 respondents comprising 286 final year vocational III students and 46 teachers of VOCIII students from the five (5) government technical colleges in Akwa Ibom State. Simple random sampling technique was employed in the selections. For the teachers, all the 46 of the VOCIII teachers were used. A structured questionnaire titled ‘Constraints on Acquisition of Electrical Installation and Maintenance Work Skills Questionnaire was developed to elicit responses from the respondents after being validated by the supervisor and three other experts and reliability tested through the use of Pearson Product Moment Correlation Method to obtain an average reliability coefficient of 0.86. Mean was adopted for answering the research questions. The hypotheses were tested using z-test statistics. The result revealed that some of the factors that constitute as constraints on acquisition of electrical installation and maintenance work skills among students in technical colleges in Akwa Ibom State include: teaching methodology, and students’ associated factors. Based on the findings, it was recommended that special agency should be established for training and retraining of technical teachers and government should establish Agency for Attitudinal Change for technical colleges to take charge of students’ performance award, motivation, discipline and encouragement of in all the technical colleges.
Enhancing Entrepreneurial Education Skills in Electrical Installation for Sustainable Economic Development (Published)
The Paper discussed the enhancement of entrepreneurial education skills in Electrical installation for sustainable economic development. School leavers from various institutions face skill opportunities of securing employment including those that studied electrical installation maintenance work. Entrepreneurial education was discussed as a suiting solution that would enable the graduates learn skills that would make them survive by establishing electrical installation related enterprises for sustainable economic development. Some factors that would promote entrepreneurship education include adequate provision of fund to establish entrepreneurial education system, revitalization of electricity supplies and expansion of educational facilities for entrepreneurial development. Entrepreneurial competences identified for sustainable economic development among Electrical Installation graduates include managerial, accounting, marketing and competitive skills. The paper also identified concrete reasons for entrepreneurial education to include provision of necessary skills, ability of students to transit from school to work among others. When entrepreneurial education is enhanced, sustainable economic development will be realized.
Web-Based Application of Electrical Installation and Maintenance Work Intelligent Tutoring System in West African Technical Colleges (Published)
Digital technology has provided an effective instructional delivery paradigm in technical education, which enhances the attainment of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills. The purpose of an intelligent tutor as a computer-aided learning system is to complement teacher activities by providing students with relevant information via a computer interface. This study aims to develop a web-based artificial intelligence tutoring system for practical electrical installation and maintenance work for teachers in Nigerian technical colleges. Specifically, the study sought to develop the Electrical Installation Intelligence Tutor (EIIT) software, determine the effect of the tutor on students’ acquisition of practical skills, and determine students’ interest in studying electrical installation. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. The study adopted R&D design. From a population of 263 electrical installation students, 20 were selected to use the stand-alone method and 18 to use the web-based method. The instrument for data collection was lesson plans based on three of the components of electrical installation namely, domestic and industrial installation, and cable jointing topics as listed in the National Board for Technical Education syllabus. An achievement test and interest survey were developed and built into the software. Validation of the content of the achievement test was determined to be 0.67, while the internal consistency of the survey was 0.89. The null hypotheses were tested through analysis of covariance at the 0.05 significance level. Results show that use of the tutor caused the students to be more highly interested and motivated. Thus, the authors recommend intelligent tutor