CONTRIBUTION OF BUSINESS STUDIES TOWARDS ENHANCING STUDENTS’ ENTREPRENEURIAL INTENTION IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ONITSHA EDUCATION ZONE, ANAMBRA STATE

Joy A. Okeke-Ezeanyanwu, Afomachukwu M. Ogbughalu

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The study ascertained the contribution of business studies towards enhancing students’ entrepreneurial intention in junior secondary schools in Onitsha Education Zone, Anambra State. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. The study adopted descriptive survey research design and the population of the study consisted of 7, 645 JSS 2 & 3 students from the 32 public secondary schools in the area. Simple random sampling technique was used to select 300 students from 12 selected public junior secondary schools. Data were collected through a 27-item five-point Likert scale questionnaire titled Entrepreneurial Intention Questionnaire (EIQ).  The instrument was validated by three experts in the field of business education and measurement and evaluation.  The reliability of the instrument was established using Pilot-test and calculation of data using Cronbach alpha method yielded correlation coefficients of 0.86 and 0.90 for clusters B1 and B2 respectively with an overall coefficient value of 0.88 obtained. Mean, standard deviation and t-test were used for data analysis. Findings showed that business studies to a high extent enhances the attitude and perceived behavioural control of students in junior secondary schools in Onitsha Education Zone in Anambra State towards becoming entrepreneurs. Gender influenced students’ ratings on the extent business studies enhance their attitude towards becoming entrepreneurs while gender did not influence their ratings as regards perceived behavioural control towards becoming entrepreneurs. The study concluded that students in secondary schools would benefit from effectively delivered business studies as it would enhance their attitude and perceived behavioural control towards entrepreneurial intention. The researchers recommended among others that; Anambra State government should ensure that well equipped and functional entrepreneurial development laboratories are made available for secondary school students.

 

Key Words: Business Studies, Entrepreneurial Intention and Junior Secondary Schools

 


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