Tag Archives: National Universities Commission

Challenges to the Development of Instructional Packages for Business Education Programme in Universities in South-East Nigeria (Published)

Challenges to the development of instructional packages for business education programme in universities in South-East Nigeria, formed the basic objective for this research. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. The population was 57 Federal and State university lecturers in business education. No sampling was adopted because of the manageable size of the population. The instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire which was validated by three experts. The reliability of the instrument was determined using Cronbach Alpha which yielded a coefficient of 0.79. Mean with standard deviation was used for data analysis and the t-test statistics was used to test the null hypotheses at .05 level of significance. The findings include: inadequate funding of our universities for curriculum development, use of obsolete instructional facilities in our universities, among others. Recommendations made include: adequate fund should be provided by the federal and state government on the development of instructional packages and proper regulation of universities instructional packages should be carried out on regular basis.

Keywords: Business Education, Challenges, Curriculum Development, Instructional packages, National Universities Commission

Teaching English for Academic Purposes: A Decadal Comparison of Listening and Speaking Skills in the Use of English Texts in Nigerian Universities. (Published)

The compliance rates of Use of English texts to COMSKIP benchmark (listening and speaking skills) in five Nigerian universities in 2005 and 2015 were evaluated using the criterion-referenced assessment and systematic observation as design and instrument respectively. The result showed that for listening skill in 2005 the average compliance rates for the institutions were 0, 0.4, 0.2, 0 and 0.4 for NAU,UNN, FUTO, IMSU and ESUT respectively while for  listening skill in 2015 they were 0.4, 2.6, 0, 0 and 0.4 for NAU, UNN, FUTO, IMSU and ESUT respectively. For speaking skill in 2005, the average compliance rates for the institutions were 1, 3.4, 0, 0 and 1 for NAU, UNN, FUTO, IMSU and ESUT respectively. For the speaking skill in 2015, the compliance rates were 1, 1.2, 0, 0 and 0.2 for NAU, UNN, FUTO, IMSU and ESUT respectively. Important recommendations were made.

Keywords: Communication skill project (COMSKIP), English for Academic Purposes, Listening skill, National Universities Commission, Speaking Skill, Use of English texts