INFLUENCE OF BUSINESS EDUCATORS’ ICT SKILLS AND FUNCTIONAL ICT LABORATORY ON STUDENTS’ ICT SKILLS ACQUISITION IN FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TECH,), OMOKU, RIVERS STATE

Adebisi Musa ABDULKARIM, Richard ONUOTU, Ere T. DANAGOGO

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This study investigated the influence of business educators’ ICT skills and functional ICT laboratory on students’ ICT skills acquisition in Federal College of Education (Tech.), Omoku-Rivers State. Three specific purposes, three research questions and one hypothesis guided the study. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population consisted of 32 Business Education Lecturers and 110 NCE Business education students during 2019/2020 academic session. The sample size is made up of 32 lecturers and 45 NCE III Business education students. Purposive sampling technique was used to select the students based on the criteria that they are NCE III students. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire. The instrument was validated by two experts, one from educational measurement and evaluation and the other from Business education department of Federal College of Education (Tech.), Omoku degree programme unit. Cronbach alpha statistics was used to test for reliability. The computation gave reliability indexes of 0.74 and 0.78 for the two clusters and a mean reliability of 0.76 for the entire items. Data collected were analysed using mean and grand mean to answer research questions. Multiple regression was used to test hypothesis at 0.05 level of significant.  Regression computation was done using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). The results revealed that Business educators to a low extent possessed ICT skills. The results also showed that the ICT laboratory is moderately functional. The results also showed that the extent of ICT skills possessed by Business Educators and the extent to which ICT laboratory is functional influenced students’ ICT skills acquisition.  Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that Business Education administrators in Federal Colleges of Education should design ICT empowerment programme that can guarantee retraining of Business Educators after every two years on ICT skills for the modern business world.

 

Keywords: Business education, minimum standard, ICT utilization and skills acquisition


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