Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2019)
Students’ skill acquisition in garment making in colleges of education in Nigeria for lifelong learning: A perspective of parental variables
Author(s): Mfon Okon Ekong, George Williams Kennedy
Abstract: The study examines students’ acquisition of skills in garment making in Colleges of Education for lifelong learning in South-South Nigeria. The study adopted a survey design. Three research questions and three hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The population of the study comprised 684 students out of which 180 students were randomly selected from 6 Colleges of Education in the study area. Instrument titled Parental Variables and Students’ Acquisition of Skills in Garment Making Questionnaire (PVSASGMQ) was used for gathering data from the respondents. The instrument was face validated and data collected were analyzed using mean, standard deviation and independent t-test. From the findings of the study, respondents agreed that students of high socio-economic status parents have more learning materials in garment making than those of low socio-economic status. Also that student of high socio-economic status parents pay school fees in time and are not driven away. The findings also revealed that parental socio-economic status, educational background and involvement have a significant influence on students’ acquisition of skills in garment making in the junior secondary schools. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that parents should allow their children to attend remedial classes during holidays to supplement the regular school programmed.