Evaluation of the Teaching Behaviours of Biology Teachers in Secondary Schools in Orlu Lga, Imo State
An evaluation of the teaching behaviours of biology teachers in secondary schools in Orlu LGA, Imo State was carried out using descriptive survey design. 194 respondents from SSS3 were used for the study. They were drawn from two boys' schools, one girls' school and one mixed school—94 male students and 100 female students. A five-point Likert questionnaire was used for data collection. The questionnaire consisted of 28 items drawn from the activities of teaching behaviours as regards the teachers’ presentation of subject matter, class control and personality attributes. Data were analysed using mean scores, standard deviation and t-test statistics for hypothesis test. Results showed that biology teachers in Orlu Local Government Area performed to a very high extent in all the activities of teaching behaviours with respect to the concepts examined. Male and female students differed significantly (p<0.05) in the mean response ratings of the teaching behaviours of biology teachers. Since biology teachers in Orlu Local Government Area performed satisfactorily to a very high extent in their teaching behaviours, it implies that they are very conversant with the biology curriculum being used in secondary schools and should be commended. It is recommended that there should be periodic seminars and workshops geared towards improving teachers' efficiency with respect to all the teaching behaviour concepts, so as to maintain good biology achievement amongst the students.
Employers’ Expectation of Computer Technology Skills Required of Business Education Graduates from Colleges of Education in Rivers State
This study examined employers’ expectation of computer technology skills required of business education graduates from colleges of business education in Rivers State. To achieve the main purpose of the study, two research questions were formulated to guide the study. Descriptive survey research design was adopted to elicit responses from a sample of 100 employers of business education graduates and 200 business education graduating students drawn out of the population of 150 employers and 345 business education final year students respectively during the 2019/2020 academic session. Data collected using checklist and questionnaire were analysed using descriptive statistics of frequency count, percentage and bar chart. The findings reveal that employers of business education students in Rivers State expect the graduates to have high skills in the following computer application areas: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Desktop Publishing, Databases, Computer Networking, Website Application, POS Application, Payroll Application and Computer Internet. The findings also reveal that business education students rated their competency level in these computer application skills as low. These show that there is a gap between the expectation of the employers and the computer technology skills of business education graduates. Based on these findings, the following recommendations were put forward among others: employers of business education graduates should collaborate with the National Commission for Colleges of Education to review the curriculum content for computer application areas in business education to cover skills in areas needed for their productivity. Business education students who have already graduated and are lacking in the various computer technology skills highlighted in this study should endeavour to embark on personal development in order to develop such skills needed for employability.