AUTHOR: IBIK HELEN IFEYINWA
DEPARTMENT: VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
This study was designed to establish supervisors’ rating of strategies for improving school-industry linkages in vocational education in tertiary institutions in Anambra state. Three research questions guided the study, while three hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significant. Descriptive survey design was developed to ascertain supervisors’ rating of strategies for improving school-industry linkages in vocational education. The population of the study was made up of 389 supervisors of industries located at Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha. There was no sampling because the population size was manageable. A 4-point scale validated questionnaire containing 30 items with reliability coefficient of 0.78 was used to collect data for the study. Mean ratings and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions, while the z-test and analysis of variance (ANOVA) were used to test the null hypotheses. Findings showed that supervisors’ of industries considered training, curriculum and administrative strategies important for improving school-industry linkages in vocational education in tertiary institutions. Gender has significant effect on respondents’ opinion but qualification and experience do not. It is concluded that adoption of training, curriculum and administrative strategies will facilitate schoolindustry linkages in vocational education. The researcher recommend, among others that vocational institutions and curriculum designer should collaborate with industry in both training and curriculum design for more effective program implementation.
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Tags: Constant Communication, Curriculum Strategies., Discovery Learning, Education, Empowering Employee, Enactive Representation, Iconic Representation, Insightful Learning, motivation, Problem solving, Recognition, Reinforcement, School Industry Linkages, Sequence, Subject Structure, Survey Design., Symbolic Representation, Training Strategies, Vocational Education Objectives