International Journal of Home Science
2018, VOL. 4 ISSUE 1, PART D
Motivating entrepreneurial skills among home science students
Author(s): Alozie EN and Okoronkwo KA
This study identified the ways of motivating entrepreneurial skills amongst home science students of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU). The specific objectives of the study were to identify the skills available for Home Science students in the tertiary institutions, identify the factors hindering the acquisition of skills by Home Science students in tertiary institutions and identifying possible factors that can sustain entrepreneurial skills in students of Home Science. Convenient and purposive sampling techniques was used in the study with the help of questionnaire for data gathering. The population of the study comprised of 141 Home Science undergraduate students of MOUAU and a sample size of 105 respondents was obtained with the use of Yaro Yamen’s formula. The statistical tools used for data analysis were frequency, mean and percentages (%) table to organize the data collected. Frequency and Percentage (%) was used to organize the demographic data of the students while mean was used to analyze the responses to research question. Among the findings of the study were lack of interest in the course on the part of the students, lack of sufficient time allocated to practical, lack of innovation, lack of creative skills, poor attitude of student towards practical lessons, and poor use of facilities in the laboratories are the factors hindering the acquisition of skills by students in Home Science department. Furthermore, lecturers conducting more practical lessons that involve participation of students, practical materials should be made available and accessible to students by the university management and universities should provide incentive for students of Home Science especially the graduating students, for easy access to the business world. Among many others are the factors that will improve the entrepreneurship skills among home science students. The study recommended that the teaching of Home Science courses should be practical oriented as this will help to improve student’s creativity and innovativeness.
How to cite this article:
Alozie EN, Okoronkwo KA. Motivating entrepreneurial skills among home science students. Int J Home Sci 2018;4(1):252-258.