Functional Approaches for Applying Workbased Learning into Electrical and Electronic Technology Education in Nigeria
International Journal of Engineering and Advanced Technology
The study examined functional approaches for applying work-based learning (WBL) into Electrical and Electronic Technology (EET) in northwest Nigeria. Survey research design was adopted to carry out the study. Random sampling technique was used to select two tertiary institutions offering Electrical and Electronic Technology. The entire 32 lecturers of EET from the two tertiary institutions and 64 supervisors of registered Electrical Technology firms in the two states making a total of 96
... total of 96 respondents were used for the study. Data were obtained using structured 48-item questionnaire titled 'Functional Approaches for Applying Work-based Learning Questionnaire (FAAWBLQ)'. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as frequency, percentages and mean ratings. In interpreting the results, work-based learning experience with percentage score of 50% and above were interpreted as 'Practiced' while those with less than 50% were interpreted as 'Not Practiced'. Using 2.50 as the cut-off point, items with mean values of 2.50 and above were interpreted as 'Agreed'. The results of the study showed that only 2 out of the 17 identified work-based learning components were practiced for skill acquisition in Electrical Technology in Northwest Nigeria. In addition, the study identified administrative, school-industry and resource inputs approach for effective application of WBL that will guarantee skill acquisition in Northwest Nigeria. The study recommended policies to strengthen a dynamic and robust WBL in technical and vocation education (TVE) in Nigeria and that work-based learning framework in Nigeria be carefully developed and overseen by Industrial Training Unit (ITU) of education sector to coordinate the synergy between training institutions and industry for improved skill acquisition of the teaming Nigerian youths.