SCHOOL-INDUSTRY COLLABORATION: SUSTAINABILITY TOOL FOR PREPARING BUSINESS EDUCATION GRADUATES FOR E-WORLD CHALLENGES

Maureen Anayo Madu, Oliver Okechukwu Okanazu, Victoria N. Eneogwe

Abstract


This study examined school-industry collaboration as a sustainability tool for preparing business education graduates for e-world challenges. Two research questions were answered by the study while two null hypotheses were tested. Survey research design was used and the study was carried out in Enugu State, Nigeria. The population of the study consists of 21 business education lecturers in Federal and State universities that offers Business Education programme in Enugu state, Nigeria. The study had no sampling due to the manageable size of the population. Questionnaire was used for data collection. The instrument was validated by three experts. Cronbach Alpha reliability method was used and an overall coefficient of .87 was obtained. The questionnaire was administered and data analyzed using mean and standard deviation for the research questions, while t-test was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. Generally, the study found out that school-industry collaboration is a sustainability tool for preparing business education graduates for e-world challenges. Also, some challenges were identified as hindrances to school-industry collaboration in Enugu State, Nigeria. Based on the findings, the study recommended among others that business education students should be exposed to industries that will give them practical knowledge while in school; there is need to train and re- train lecturers on the use and application of e-world learning tools and technology so as to be abreast with the trend; there is need to encourage e-learning platforms that provides teaching and learning facilities to learners with opportunities to access information whenever and wherever they want especially with industries that can help them. Also, orientation on the need to promote collaboration among business educators should be encouraged for efficient and effective service delivery through the use of e-world learning platform that promotes school-industry collaboration.

 

Keyword: Business education, Business education graduates, E-world, Sustainability, collaboration


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