This study was intended to analyse environmental influence on the teaching and learning of Business studies in Junior Secondary School in Ado Local Government area of Ekiti State as a case study. The problem of this study is to investigate environmental factors that influence the teaching and learning of business studies in Junior Secondary school in Ado Local Government area of Ekiti State. To investigate the causes of disparity in the performance in Business studies and the possible effect of environment on performance of students in Business studies. The environments in which the school is located is bound to have direct influence on the learners. The findings were complied from responses to the questionnaire distributed to students in three junior secondary school in Ado Local Government of Ekiti State. The questionnaire was the primary instrument used to elicit response from respondents. The data collected were analysed and rating scale techniques. In conclusion, the study makes some recommendations that the “Lion share” of parents’ hearings be devoted towards the educational up bringing of their children instead of accumulation of more wives, children and celebrations.
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TABLE OF CONTENT
Title page i
Table of content vi
Background of the study 1
Statement of the problem 3
Objective of the study 4
Research question 5
Scope of the study 5
Hypothesis of the study 5
Significance of the study 6
Definition of terms 6
Literature Review 7
Home Environment 10
School Environment 12
Definition of Teaching 14
Factors for Effective Teaching 14
Method for Effective Teaching 15
Meaning of Learning 15
Resources for Teaching 16
Method for effective Teaching 16
Heredity Factors 17
Motivational factors 17
Physiological factors 18
Environmental factors 19
School management factors 20
Health and nutritional factors 20
Instructional factors 21
Geographical location of school 22
Effect of Environment 23
Effect of Television, Radio and Newspaper
on student academic performances. 27
Research method 30
Research Design 30
Population of the study 30
Sample/Sampling Technique 30
Method of data collection 31
Instrument for data collection 31
Data Analysis Technique 31
Data Presentation Analysis 32
Summary, Recommendation and conclusion 36
BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
In Nigeria educational system, less emphasis is paid to environment as a major factor that has absolute control on the educational attainment of the child. Environment plays a crucial role in the life of individual.
The level of education of the parent, occupation of parents, the attitude of people to education are some of the factors that affect the child at home which can make his progress in school, such as facilities / instructional aids, teacher-student’s relationship, remuneration for teacher to mention a few which are regarded as school environment contribute in no small measure to the academic performance of a child.
A child who is endowed with intellectual potential without exposure to comfortable and challenging environment, which can boost his natural endowment is band to perform poorly in his academics. The poor environment will affect him adversely. This argument is supported by wise man (2009) when he opined that high innate intelligence coupled with bad environment might produce poor educational attainment because of lack of parental backing encouragement, poor motivation and so on. However, if a child with lesser natural talent is brought up in a challenging and conducive environment, all other things being equal, he will perform well in his subjects in school.
Akinyemi (2008) declared that among the Local Government in Ekiti State, Ado Local Government is one of those whose performance in the junior secondary school Examination in Business studies has attracted public attention in terms of high rate of failure. He said that most of the teachers posted to the local government do not stay in their stations to deliver the goods to the student rather they engaged in businesses. This is rampant in schools in the rural areas of the local government where the effect of truancy on the part of the teachers is that, only a few of them can boast of covering half of the topics specified in the school syllabuses sent to schools by the examining body. But in the case of urban areas nothing like that.
Since the final examination is based on the syllabuses and not on the number of topics treated in the syllabuses, there is bound to be mass failure. This reason account for the mass failure in Business studies witnessed every year the high failure rate in Business studies at the junior secondary school certificate examination in the Local Government is alarming. The situation has caught the attention of the researcher and made the researcher to investigate the environment factors that influence in teaching and learning of Business studies in Junior secondary schools and the extent to which they are responsible for the performance of the students in the Junior secondary certificate examination.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The performance of students in a school is not based on a single factor but variety of factors much environment is among the major ones. Some of those are: Family background, poverty level, teaching materials, transportation, attitude of parents to teachers, location of the school etc.
Adeyeye (2005) opined that the environment in which students live and learn influences tremendously the degree of their educational achievement.
The problem of this study is to investigate environmental factors that influence the teaching and learning of Business studies in Junior secondary schools in Ado-Ekiti Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this study is to look into the environmental factor as it affect students’ performance in Business studies in Junior secondary schools, using Ado Local Government as a case study.
- To examine the social economics status of parents affect the learning of Business studies.
- To investigate the availability of facilities and instructional equipment influence the teaching of Business studies
- To examine the parents level of education affect the students’ academic performance in Business studies
- To examine the teachers attitude to work influence the teaching of Business studies
- To examine the environment factors that affects students’ academic performance in Business studies.
These are the questions that will help us guide the project work. There are as follows.
- Does the social economics status of parents affect the learning of Business studies in schools?
- Do the availability of facilities and instructional equipment influence the teaching of Business studies in schools?
- Does the parents level of education affect the students academic performance in business studies in schools?
- Does the teachers attitude to work influence the teaching of Business studies in schools?
- Does the environmental factors affects students’ academic performance in Business studies?
SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This study focused on Junior secondary Education in Ado Local Government area of Ekiti State with particular reference to environmental influence on the teaching and learning of Business studies.
The environmental factors that relates to teaching and learning of Business studies that were investigated were social-economics status of parents and facilities/instructional equipments in schools and location of school.
HYPOTHESIS OF THE STUDY
The following operational hypothesis were formulated for this study;
- There is no significant difference in the academic performance of the student in Business studies in urban and rural schools
- There is no significant difference in the academic performance of female student in Business studies in urban and rural schools
- There is no significant difference in the academic performance of male student in Business studies in urban and rural schools
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The importance of this research work cannot be over emphasized. This project work would help to improve the performance of students in Business studies in the Junior secondary school certificate Examination. Furthermore, it would create awareness to the parents on the importance of Business studies in the Junior secondary school curriculum. Parents will become interested in the utility function of Business studies and this will make them change the erroneous impression about business studies.
Moreover, it will avail the policy makers the opportunity of understanding areas where resources and attention should be focused to raised the level of achievement and standard of education in this area.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Some technical terms which features in this study are defined to aid readers’ understanding
Rural School: A school located in a relatively homogenous small community were people know each other i.e. under developed area. There are relatively few numbers of industries and social amenities such as pipeborne water, library, electricity etc.
Urban School: It refers to a school sited in a large heterogeneous community or environment where there are many social amenities and where there are fine structures of schools that are build around the area.
Academic performance: It refers to the outcome of student learning experience quantifiable through continuous assessment and examination grading.
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