ISSUES IN THE USE OF ICT IN BUSINESS EDUCATION IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN ANAMBRA STATE

Anthonia Chinyere Okoye, Lynda Nkechi Nwannah, Emmanuel Obidi Udegbunam

Abstract


The study focused on issues in the use of ICT in Business Education in tertiary institutions in Anambra State. Two research questions guided the study and two null hypotheses were tested. Theory of operant conditioning by B. F. Skinner was used for the study. A descriptive survey research design was adopted. The population of the study consisted of 96 business educators in tertiary institutions that offer business education programme in Anambra State. No sample was taken, as the population size was manageable. A 10-items structured questionnaire validated by three experts was used for the study. The reliability of the instrument was ascertained using test re-test method which was used to establish the reliability of the instrument, and the Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient was used to test the reliability of the instrument which obtained an overall reliability co-efficient value of 0.88. Data related to the research questions were analyzed using mean and standard deviation while t-test was used to test the null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings of the study revealed that business educators rated educational effectiveness and cost effectiveness in the use of ICT in Business Education in tertiary institutions in Anambra State as factor affecting their use of ICTs for teaching.Findings also agree that there is no significance difference in the mean responses of business educators in universities and their counterparts in colleges of education ontheir educational effectiveness and cost effectiveness in the use of ICT in Business Education in tertiary institutions in Anambra State It was concluded that business education programmes need effective use of ICT through implementation of ICT equipments and tools in teaching-learning process as a media and methodology. It was recommended, among others, that government and other major stakeholders should focus their attention and invest their resources on tertiary institutions so as to address issues in the use of ICTs in business education at the tertiary level. This will help in the production of competent business education graduates who can embrace the use of ICTs and compete globally in the world of work.

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