Students’ Perception of Their Competence and Teachers’ Teaching Method of English Language in Some Selected States in Nigeria (Published)
Teaching and learning objectives are targeted at producing students who are proficient in the use of the four language skills in English. Students’ perception of their learning competence and their teachers’ teaching methods is necessary feedback for the efficiency of the teaching and learning process. However, some teachers prefer to hold on to their old methods of teaching, while some students display negative attitude towards learning which adversely affect academic achievement. This study therefore, set out to examine students’ perception of their competence and their teachers’ teaching methods. Three research questions and two hypotheses were used, some of which include: What are students’ perception as regards their competence in the four language skills? What are students’ perception as regards the teaching methods used by their English teachers? Using simple random sampling techniques, a sample of eighty (80) pupils and eighty (80) students from primary and secondary schools from six (6) public schools (one from each of the six (6) states in Niger-Delta region in Nigeria was used. A 48 – item questionnaire called Students’ Perception Instrument (SPI) was used to obtain data for the study. Factor analysis was used to determine the content and construct validity and reliability of the instrument. Data were analysed using statistical package for social science (SPSS) version 25. Descriptive statistics and regression analysis was used to answer the research questions. The result indicates that teachers make effort to represent the four language skills in teaching of English in class; Use of appropriate teaching methods aids students’ understanding. The study recommends that teachers should consider their class size, subject matter, students’ level and employ the appropriate method for the optimum benefits of their students.
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.