TEACHER AWARENESS AND UTILIZATION OF ICT FACILITIES FOR THE TEACHING OF BUSINESS STUDIES IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN IJEBU-ODE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF OGUN STATE
Background to the study
The innovations that have taken place world-wide on the area of information communication technology have broken all national and international barriers and tuned the world into a global village, since it has made information available to organization and individuals everywhere and at anytime. Consequently, this has affected the nature, procedure and forms of equipment used in in daily business.
The use of information and communication technology (ICT) facilities in teaching and learning process is not a new phenomenon in promoting education, especially in those developed countries, all over the world. Presently, some higher institutions of learning in Nigeria are using information and communication technology (ICT) facilities for modern achievement. Computer and communication technologies have offered tremendous opportunities for teaching by electronic means (Rogina, 2012). The use of new multimedia technologies and internet in teaching is seen as a strategy to improve accessibility, efficiency and quality of education by facilitating access to resources and services as well as remote exchanges and collaboration.
The use of ICT facilities in teaching has become a new paradigm and a new philosophy in education with a mission to serve as development platform for present day society based on knowledge. The students of the business studies need to be utilized and adequately trained with knowledge of each day development in information and communication facilities for efficiency, accuracy, and economic advantages. The use of ICT facilities in teaching involves the use of electronic technology to deliver education and training application, monitors learners performance and report learners’ progress (Sale, 2015). Similarly, Hedge and Hayward (2004) defined ICT in teaching as an innovative approach for delivery electronically mediated, well designed learner – centered and interactive learning environment, to any one, any place, any time by utilizing the internet and digital technology in concern with instructional design principles. It is more of teaching and learning with use of computers and multimedia.
Ajalaye (2014) highlighted that information and communication technology does not refer to only internet and telephone but include the satellite, radio, television, video tapes, tape recorders, compact disc, etc. ICT have revolutionary impact on educational methodology globally, for effective teaching processes. According to Yusuf (2005), teachers need training not only in computer literacy but also in the application of various kinds of software packages in teaching and learning. Teacher training in ICT is inevitable and crucial because information and communication facilities are tools that help them to take full advantage to enhance teaching and learning process.
Subsequently, the use of ICT facilities in educational system facilitate learner – centered collaborative environment which emphasizes the importance of intrinsic learning through social interaction. While according to the vygotsky (1978) cited in the write up on mobile learning by Geddes (2005), learner – centered interaction result in learners being more engaged and helps to develop personal intellectual structures that foster deeper understanding and allow students to discuss complex situation and resolve ambiguities with international commonality of communication over the internet. Therefore, ICT facilities provide learners with secondary access to environment, and international learning facilitators which they would otherwise be unable to access, as wireless ICT facilities become more common and accessible. Students will be able to participate in international communication. Utilization of ICT devices has greatly brought about rapid changes in today’s classroom, as video cassette recorders, compact disc recorders, cell phones, network computers and computer software have brought some changes in classroom teaching by supplementing and complementing some aspect of teaching processes for educational quality (James, 2005).
Statement of the problem
In Ogun State, new curriculum in business studies has been put in place by the government to replace the old one. The new curriculum contains some component of ICT such as computer appreciation, word processing, the use of internet and data processing, which were absent in the old curriculum of business studies. The researcher observed that most business studies teachers in junior secondary schools in the state have some difficulties in teaching the ICT component of the curriculum.
The present business studies teachers are those that were trained and had been working in school system many years ago particularly before the introduction of modern technologies in teaching and learning of business studies. These teachers were not trained with modern ICT technologies and facilities. This suggests that the training they received seems to be irrelevant to the present curriculum because of technological changes taking place in work places where the students will find themselves after graduation. The inefficiency of business studies teachers in imparting ICT skills to junior secondary school students has been noticed in the students’ inability to do well in work places. Ademiluyi (2007) observed that most business studies students do not have the ability to succeed in private enterprise.
The researcher observed that many junior secondary school students after graduation find it difficult to establish and manage small businesses, particularly those who had no opportunity for further training. Those who tried to work in business centres where information is processed with modern technologies found it difficult to manipulate computers and other ICT equipment. Olufemi and Onyenu (2010) affirmed that the influence of technologies has rendered manual skills inadequate for the world of work while creating needs for new sophisticated skills. Therefore, it is necessary to determine ICT skills needed by business studies teachers for effective instruction in junior secondary schools in Adamawa State.
Purpose of the study
The main purpose of the study is to determine teachers awareness and utilization of ICT facilities for the teaching of business studies in junior secondary schools in Ijebu Ode local government are of Ogun State
The is study specifically to seek for the following;
- To determine if business studies teachers have the awareness on the use of computer facilities in teaching business studies
- Ascertain the extent to which business studies teachers utilize ICT facilities in teaching Business studies
- To find out problems faced with ICT utilization in teaching Business Studies in the selected secondary school
- To find out the availability of ICT facilities in the selected schools.
- To find out the possible strategies for improving the teaching of Business Studies in using ICT facilities
The following research questions were raised to guide the conduct of the study;
- Does business studies teachers have the awareness about the utilization of ICT facilities in teaching business studies in Ijebu ode?
- To what extent does business studies teachers utilize ICT facilities in teaching Business studies
- What are the problems faced with ITC utilization in teaching and learning Business Studies in Ijebu –Ode secondary schools?
- How adequate are ICT facilities in the secondary school for teaching Business Studies?
- What are the possible strategies that will improve the teaching of Business Studies using ICT facilities?
- Lack of ICT facilities has significantly contributed to the problems associated with teaching of Business Studies.
- Lack of ample knowledge about utilization of ICT facilities by Business Studies teachers has significantly contributed to the students’ poor performance.
Significance of Study
The result of this study would be valuable in the following specific ways;
The students of Business Studies would benefit from the result of this study as they will be adequately trained and equipped with necessary skills and knowledge which will manifest after graduation and the result may also be useful for the students carrying out research.
The Business Studies teachers will benefit from the result of the study if utilized, by gaining more knowledge, skills and experience of delivering instruction through the use of ICT facilities.
The result of this study will also be useful to the educational institutions as the result provides information necessary for improving the teaching processes in business course.
Employers of labor will derive the advantage if opportune to employ such students who are well trained and equipped with necessary knowledge and skills through the use of ICT facilities which would result to maximum productivity of an organization.
Scope of the study
This study covers the entire students studying Business Studies in Junior secondary schools in Ijebu Ode local government area
Definition of Terms
Teacher – centered mode of instruction; is the process of teaching whereby the teacher verbally delivers a pre-planned body of knowledge to his students while students listen and jot down points.
Student – centered mode of instruction; is the process in which the students learn all on his own a field of study or topic broken into bits according to his interest and ability, and consult teachers only when he needs him.
Information – Can simply be defined as a processed data, while data is a raw facts about an entity.
Technology – Is the application of basic scientific knowledge in providing solution to problems around us.
ICT: information and communication technology
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