STRATEGIES AND CHALLENGES FOR ENHANCING THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF BUSINESS EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES

P.E. Okoro

Abstract


The study assessed Strategies and Challenges for Enhancing the Successful Implementation of Business Education Curriculum in Nigerian Universities as perceived by lecturers. The survey research design was adopted. Two research questions and four hypotheses guided the study. The population which serves as sample comprises 138 business education lecturers in south-south universities of Nigeria. A 40 item questionnaire was used for data collection. Part A contains three items of demographic variables such as name of institution, sex, teaching experience of lecturers while Part B contains 37 items based on the research questions. The questionnaire had a 4 scale structure: Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree and Strongly Disagree. The questionnaire was validated by experts. The reliability coefficient of the instrument through cronbach alpha are research question one 0.86 while research question two 0.89. Data were analyzed using mean and standard deviations. The findings are that inadequate supply of modern equipment for business education programme, inadequate instructional materials, public poor perception towards business education programme are some of the challenges facing business education programmes amongst others. Students' exposure to industrial practice, adequate funding of business education programmes, review of business education curriculum by school authorities, amongst others, are some of the innovative strategies for enhancing the successful implementation of business education programmes. It was recommended that there should be adequate provision of textbooks in business education programme, adequate funding of business education programmes, review of business education course structure and provision of modern equipment in business education.

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