International Journal of
Vocational and Technical Education

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Voc. Tech. Educ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-534X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJVTE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 110

IJVTE Articles

Information and communication technology: The pivot of teaching and learning of skills in electrical and electronics technology programme in Nigeria

December 2013

The polymorphous nature of teaching and learning has contributed to the quest for skills delivery and acquisition at any place and pace. Teaching and learning of skills in electrical and electronics programme cannot be restricted to the traditional classroom settings, but should adopt favourable and acceptable technological dynamism. The inadequacy in the supply of facilities and qualified manpower perhaps has...

Author(s): Samson O. Chukwuedo and Godwin O. Omofonmwan

Students’ academic performance in the transition period before choosing areas of specialization in Nigeria Certificate Education (Technical) programme

December 2013

The study examined the level of academic performance in the compulsory and related courses offered by all the students in technical education during the transition period of the first and second years of a three years NCE Technical programme before choosing their area of specialization. The study comprises 237 students: 22 Automobile students; 8 Building students; 21 Electrical/Electronics students, 24 Metalwork...

Author(s): Japo Oweikeye Morto Amasuomo

Strategy performance assessment of Nigeria tertiary institution business education programme on entrepreneurship intervention

November 2013

The study seeks to answer the question “how entrepreneurs are the business education graduates?” by providing a fair judgment on the effectiveness of the business education programme in Nigeria universities at fulfilling its utilitarian objective as an educational programme that prepares the individual to develop and handle private business ventures and function intelligently as entrepreneurs in a business...

Author(s): Aganbi Freeborn Omuvwie

State of facilities for teaching electrical installation and maintenance work trade in technical colleges in Bauchi State, Nigeria

November 2013

It is a known fact that a technical teacher cannot teach effectively without functional tools, equipment and machines. The environment in which the teaching/learning takes place must be conducive. This study was carried out to assess the state of facilities available for teaching Electrical Installation and Maintenance Work Trade (EIMWT) in Bauchi State Technical Colleges. The design of the study consists of a...

Author(s): Hassan Bello and Babawuro Shu’aibu

The role of ICT in skilled manpower development through vocational technical education among higher institutions in Cross River State, Nigeria

November 2013

This research focused on the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in skilled manpower development through vocational technical education among higher institutions in Cross River State, Nigeria. One research question and hypothesis were formulated to guide the study. The target population for this study was 2,420 respondents comprising 2,210 vocational education trainees and 210 vocational educators. A...

Author(s): Ben, Camilus Bassey and Ashang, Michael Ushie

Examining E-learning barriers as perceived by faculty members of Engineering Colleges in the Jordanian Universities

October 2013

Employing computer's technology that includes e-learning system in the field of Engineering is a vital issue which needs to be discussed.  Therefore, this study purposed to examine e-learning barriers as perceived by faculty members of engineering in three major universities in Jordan (Yarmouk University, Jordan University of Science and Technology, and Al-Balqaa Applied University) in the second semester of...

Author(s): Muhammad K. Al-Alawneh

The relationship between government policy and management practices at further education and training colleges

October 2013

  This paper aims to explain the relationship between FET policy origination and management practices at college level in Gauteng. Empirical evidence shows that there exists a gap between policy and practice. Literature points out that since 1994, South Africa has passed laws that created favorable conditions for policy development. The success or failure of government FET policies can be judged at college...

Author(s): Ntlantla Sebele

Increasing low income women’s literacy skills for the workplace and beyond: A review of the literature

September 2013

  Literacy is a basic human right, yet so many women are either denied or severely lacking in those skills which afford a productive livelihood and civically engaged life. Women are the main caregivers and more often the main providers as well. Yet with low literacy skills, single parent female headed households are also impoverished. This paper, taking on the form of a review of the literature, suggests that...

Author(s): Christine B. McClung

Competency based education and training in technical education problems and perspectives

September 2013

  The article presents a discussion of the challenges faced by the Technical Entrepreneurial Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) system in Malawi as it attempts to provide quality technical education. The study involved 40 instructors, 8 principals, 3 TEVET center managers, the TEVETA1 head of Training, and the Directorate from the Ministry of Education Science and Technology. The findings show lack of...

Author(s): Noel Kufaine and Nancy Chitera  

Relationship between the utilization of internet based information by secretarial teachers in the Nigerian Colleges of Education and the effectiveness of their lesson delivery

August 2013

  This study assessed the relationship between the utilization of internet based information by secretarial teachers in the Nigerian Colleges of Education and the effectiveness of their lesson delivery. 250 secretarial teachers drawn from 58 accredited Nigerian Colleges of Education responded to the questionnaire that was divided into 4 parts. The questionnaire was used to obtain information on the...

Author(s): Adeshina, Tunde Joel, Udoh Abasido, Ndomi Benjamin, and  Aliyu Muhibeedeen

Portability of technical skills across occupations: A case for demolition of disciplinary silos?

August 2013

  Current general practice among teachers is to isolate themselves and their students from colleagues in other disciplines.  In career and technical education, it is assumed that beyond soft skills such as time management and problem solving, program areas have little in common that could necessitate interdisciplinary collaboration. This study, which largely comprised analysis of competency lists of nine...

Author(s): Joseph Mukuni and Bill Price

Relationship of job involvements on vocational school students’ job satisfactions in industrial training

July 2013

  Industrial training is an important strategy to expose students to the real job situation so that they should be able to develop their job competency after completing their schooling. Industrial training program was known as the dual system program curriculum in vocational high schools. It was implemented for three to six months. This study examined the difference and relationship between job involvements...

Author(s): Aminuddin Alidin Tarawe and Mohamed Najib Abdul Ghafar

Perception of supervisors about secondary schools vocational agricultural science teachers’ employability skills in Bauchi and Gombe States, Nigeria

July 2013

  The purpose of this study was to determine the supervisors’ perception of employability skills needed by graduates teaching Agriculture Science in secondary schools. Two research questions guided the study. The design of this study was a survey research design. The area for this study was Bauchi and Gombe States. The population for this study includes all the supervisors of Agriculture...

Author(s): Abdulhamid, Auwal

Further education for unsuccessful grades 9 to 12 school leavers in South Africa

November 2012

  Statistics released by the Education Management Information Systems (EMIS), (2002 to 2009) reveal that 60% of learners entering Grade 9 leave school without attaining Grade 12 certificates. These learners do not qualify for employment because employers prefer well-trained experienced employees. A limited number (12 500 annually) of learnership and apprenticeship opportunities are also out of reach because...

Author(s): A. J. Klinck and G. P. Combrinck

Relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership styles of principals in high schools

November 2012

The purpose of the present research as a descriptive-correlative research was to study the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership styles of principals who work in high schools of Sanandj city in Iran. Sample included 42 high school principals and 252 teachers that were selected by proportional stratified sampling. The leadership styles profile (LSP) and emotional intelligence questionnaire were used...

Author(s): Farideh Hamidi and Farhad Azizi

Assessment of relevance of the national directorate of employment (NDE) training programmes to the needs of the trainees in Southwestern Nigeria

March 2012

The study assessed the operational schemes of the national directorate of employment (NDE), and the relevance of its training programmes to the needs of the trainees. The study adopted the survey design. Precisely, six states in the Southwestern Nigeria were used for the study. The sample comprises of 1, 200 trainees, 420 trainers and 120 ex-trainees selected from a population of 382, 792. The results showed that the...

Author(s): T. A. Adebisi and C. S. Oni

Help wanted: Professional development and training for career and technical education faculty

March 2012

  Career and technical education (CTE) instructors teach in an environment that requires simultaneous academic and occupational instruction that integrates theoretical and hands-on knowledge while working with a unique student population that has distinct learning needs. These instructors have the industry experience and in-depth content knowledge that is critical in the vocational classroom, but they are...

Author(s): Krista D. Kerna

Pattern cutting skills in small scale garment industries and teacher education universities in Ghana

February 2012

The purpose of the study was to compare pattern cutting skills taught in Teacher Education Universities in Ghana with what were used in local small scale garment industries. Fifty small scale entrepreneurs in six regions of Ghana were purposively selected to demonstrate how to take body measurements and cut patterns for a lady’s fitting dress. Measurement and pattern cutting procedures used by the garment...

Author(s): Phyllis Forster and Irene Ampong

Secondary schools graduates’ attitude towards textbooks for vocational education

February 2012

  The aim of the study is to evaluate the current condition of textbooks for pupils of secondary vocational schools and high schools within their technical education. We have focused on the contextual and didactical view of the textbooks as well as working with them and their structure. The survey was realised via an expert method and the survey sample was represented by first-year university students of the...

Author(s): Marian Novota, Zuzana Ridzoňová, Jozef Kadnár and Petra Štefková

Teachers' quality of work life in secondary schools

January 2012

The purpose of this research as a causal-comparative design was to compare the rate of quality of work Life among technical and theoretical high school teachers in Kordestan province in Iran. Quality of work life is a process by which interest groups in the organization will learn how to work better together, how to determine for themselves what activities, changes and improvements are desirable and effective...

Author(s): Farideh Hamidi and Bahram Mohamadi

A supplementary web-based open-learning model for undergraduate projects

January 2012

  Web-based open learning technology has become a powerful tool to supplement and enhance education. Web-based open learning facilitates individualised instruction. This paper proposes a web-based open technology model to supplement a face-to-face teaching project for final-year, full-time, on-campus undergraduate students participating in the Graduation Project 1 and Graduation Project 2 modules at the College...

Author(s): Abdisalam Issa-Salwe

The role of stakeholders in building adequate competences in students for the job market

November 2011

  Competency is the acquisition of appropriate knowledge, attitudes, personality traits and skills to efficiently perform work place roles in industry, commerce, management and administration.  Job competency is so important that employers always seek for people with such qualities before they are employed. It is therefore incumbent on educational institutions to train graduates to acquire the needed...

Author(s): Emmanuel Amankwah and Patrick Swanzy

The effects of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on higher education: From objectivism to social constructivism

November 2011

  Higher education has been on the rollercoaster for the last couple of decades with the advent of the first personal computer in the 1980s and then the internet in the 1990s and not only explicitly in terms of using innovative digital gadgets, but also implicitly in perceptions about and approaches to e-learning from behaviourism through cognitive to social constructivism or more specifically, from transmitted...

Author(s): Chirag J. Patel, Vidya S. Gali, Dhaval V. Patel and Ramesh D. Parmar

The key challenges to peace in Nigeria

November 2011

  Nigeria is faced by various devastating political and socio-economic conditions, with about 250 multicultural ethnic nationalities; Nigeria is plagued by religious, ethnic, communal and resource conflict. Large resources and benefits from oil wealth could not touch the lives of the people. Allegiances to ethnic groups come first before the Nigeria state. Resource control agitations in the Niger Delta have...

Author(s):   Sunday Iduh

Demonstrating quality: Evaluation of institutional and programme accreditation in Ghana

November 2011

  In response to the challenges of enhancing quality higher education, the government of Ghana established the National Accreditation Board (NAB), charged with the responsibility of ensuring the quality of higher education in Ghana. In pursuit of its mandate, the Board evolved a system of institutional and programme accreditation to ensure conformity with minimum standards and to enhance quality. This paper...

Author(s): Godwin Utuka

Liberalization and its impact on small scale industries

October 2011

  Small-scale industries occupy a place of strategic importance in Indian economy in view of its considerable contribution to employment, production and exports. However, since 1991, small-scale industries in India find themselves in an intensely competitive environment due to globalization, domestic economic liberalization and dilution of sector specific protective measures. This paper probes the implications...

Author(s): Rajesh Kumar Shastri, Ravindra Tripathi and Murad Ali

A methodology to evaluate both internal and external environments of applied-scientific educational system used in strategic planning

October 2011

  In the present work, we introduce a new model to evaluate an educational system, namely the applied-scientific system. This model provides us with a deep knowledge of different aspects of educational system including its organizational weakness and strength. Within our approach, making use of the production function and the calculated education area function, it is also possible to recognize different...

Author(s): Mohammad Reza Akbari, and Mahmadyusuf Yunusi

Estimation of the Theileria parva entomological inoculation rate (EIR) by means of tick burden and proportion of infected questing ticks in three different farming systems in Rwanda

October 2011

  A field study was carried out to determine the patterns of transmission of Theileria parvainfection (expressed as entomological inoculation rate (EIR)) between cattle and T. parvainfected Rhipicephalus appendiculatus ticks in three different farming systems in Rwanda. The EIR was measured for a given period of time as a product of the tick burden feeding on an animal and the proportion of...

Author(s): T. Bazarusanga, T. Marcotty, A. M. K. I. Ahouandjinou, Tshinyama Ntumba, C. Katendi and D. Geysen

Rethinking teacher-quality in an information age: Implications for pre-service business teacher production

September 2011

  Information and communication technology (ICT) has permeated all nooks and crannies of our society. There is need for corresponding changes in the educational sector. It is the responsibility of the teachers training institutions to produce teaching manpower in accordance with the changes in the society. This paper examined the extent to which business teacher education programmes in Nigeria are ICT...

Author(s): Chris C. Chukwurah and Agness Okute

Information and communication technology awareness among technical college teachers in Benue State, Nigeria

September 2011

  The study focused on information and communication technology awareness among technical college teachers in Benue State, Nigeria. Four research questions were asked to guide the study. A sample survey research design was adopted for the study. A structured questionnaire was used to gather data from the population of 106 respondents in the eight technical colleges in Benue State, that is, all the technical...

Author(s): Okwori O. Robert

Linking tertiary institutions to industries: Evidence from the Vocational and Technical Education Department of the University of Cape Coast

August 2011

  Despite the various reforms and attempts to relate the school curricula to the world of work, very few studies have been carried out to investigate the constraints and challenges of industrial and institutional linkages. This paper investigates specifically the Department of Vocational and Technical Education (VOTEC) of the University of Cape Coast and the inability of the department to link its students with...

Author(s): Amu, Manasseh Edison Komla and Christine Offei-Ansah

The impact of enterprise systems on corporate performance

August 2011

  This research studied the effect of investments in enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM) systems on a firm’s long-term stock price performance and profitability measures such as return on assets and return on sales. The results are based on a sample of 558 announcements of ERP implementations, 420 SCM implementations. Our analysis of the financial benefits of these...

Author(s): Fakhraddin Maroofi

Strategies for global reforms in business teacher education towards self-reliance in Nigeria

July 2011

  Nigeria as a country had advocated for the type of education that would enhance the needed self-reliance for the learners and the society. Reforming business education programme would help in achieving the much desired self-reliance in Nigeria. This paper examined the conceptual issues of Business Teacher Education such Issues are: quality of candidates for business teachers training programme, training...

Author(s): Chukwurah C. Chris

Empowering women through credit facilities for sustainable development in the developing countries

July 2011

  This paper is set out to examine the empowerment for women trough credit facilities in the developing countries. Too much are often expected from women both at the monogamy and polygamy setting. Some women are the bread winners of their family, why some supplement the efforts of their husbands. Many find it difficult to make two ends meet, thereby resulting in junk food vendors or petty trading. Access to...

Author(s): Matthew Borode

Role, objectives, requirements and activities of eLearning units in traditional universities

June 2011

  It could be said for certain that eLearning has become an issue for the office of each university president, in view of the enormous benefits of incorporating it into a university system. The proliferation of eLearning in recent years has been imposed on the universities who would want to adopt some kind of eLearning to establish a committee or a unit for integrating and administrating it. Unfortunately,...

Author(s): Jamil Ahmad Itmazi and A. S. Alaamer

The approach of Romanian education from the European dimension perspective

June 2011

  The European dimension showed up in the language of the educational politics at the end of the eighties. At the beginning, especially in the context of the article no. 149 to 150 of the European Union Agreement, the respective dimension refers to the efforts of mutual knowledge, the exchanges and common projects realized by the educational unities from the EU countries. It was obviously seen in a...

Author(s): Enache Roxana and Pescaru Adina

Complex adaptive systems: A trans-cultural undercurrent obstructing change in higher education

February 2011

It is possible that the “perfect storm” is brewing on the seas of change for higher education. This paper will address the urgent need for adaptive strategies for change within higher education institutions (HEIs) with a focus on Complex Adaptive Systems theory (CAS) as a means of explaining the disconnection between higher education and its environment. Unlike many social, economic and geopolitical issues...

Author(s): Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor

ICT in vocational teaching/learning and research in Southeast Asian Countries: A case of Bangladesh

February 2011

  This paper aims to emphasize the need of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching learning and research for the Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) in Bangladesh. ICT is one of the productive tools which is not effectively introduced till now in TVE system of Bangladesh. This paper discusses the status of ICT and its usage in the Technical and Vocational Institutes (Polytechnic...

Author(s): Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Md. Abdullah-Al-Mamun, Md. Shahadat Hossain Khanand Mahbub Hasan

A model for the operation of one college one innovation project, the office of vocational education commission

January 2011

  The objective of one college one innovation project of bureau of vocation education standards and qualification, vocational education commission (VEC) is to study the process, evaluate teachers’ perception and project’s result. The case study are 285 executives and teachers from VEC and 27 selected persons with 14 test kits and 13 electronic kits. They are trained according to the operation till...

Author(s):   Prachyanun Nilsook, Muttana Takianthong, Porntip Arkmaharat and Kanutta Chumlongkul

An assesment of the teaching effectiveness of prevocational subjects teachers in Ogun State Nigeria

January 2011

  This study investigated the teaching effectiveness of prevocational subject teachers using descriptive survey research design. A total of 205 teachers selected through purposive and simple random sampling technique participated in the study. Three research questions were raised to guide the study. A validated instrument titled 'Teaching effectiveness scale' was used for data collection. The t-test of...

Author(s): Adeola Lukman Kiadese

Blended learning in vocational education: An experimental study

October 2010

  Technology is a key in modern production systems. Its use in education is increasing and various technology-based learning models have been developed. The definitions of blended learning are reviewed here from an instructional pedagogy point of view. A blended model can improve student performance and lead to more effective learning. A successful blended learning model can directly or indirectly result in...

Author(s): Mehmet Åžahin

New drivers of rural economies: University graduates in business formation in central province, Kenya

October 2010

  University graduates from rural central province in Kenya are providing vast entrepreneurial spirit. This article uses field data to illustrate that graduates are fuelling economic growth in rural central Kenya as they are setting up small businesses in manufacturing, retail trade and services. In addition, they are running businesses professionally and are self motivated. They have a knack of taking...

Author(s): Mary Njeri Kinyanjui

The recruitment of private technical colleges in Taiwan

September 2010

  Due to the innovation of Taiwan’s education strategy, options for the channel of advancing to higher education for students are unobstructed. The number of universities and colleges in Taiwan has grown from 137 to 162, as of today. The rapid development of higher education has raised many issues, such as the over supply of higher education market. Because decline in birth-rate, number of upcoming...

Author(s): Chung-Shan Sun and Yueh-Kuei Huang

Impact of educational policy changes on home science education in secondary schools in Kenya: 1981 to 2005

September 2010

  Home science is a pre-vocational subject in the Kenyan secondary school curriculum. It is designed to equip the learner not only with theoretical concepts, but also with skills that may lead to self employment. However, impact of the educational policy changes on home science education is yet to be established. The purpose of the study was to assess the impact of policy changes between 1981 and 2005 on home...

Author(s): K. N. Nyangara, F. C. Indoshi and L. O. Othuon

Integration of new technological innovations in automobiles into the curriculum for Nigerian technical college programmes

September 2010

  The increased number of new sub-systems in modern automobiles, intended to improve upon their safety, economy and comfort among other things, have made them more sophisticated and complex to maintain. The curriculum for the training programmes of their maintenance personnel in Nigerian Technical Colleges has however, remained rigid since 1985, over two decades behind the state-of-the-art technologies. This...

Author(s): Odigiri Adikpe Matthew and Emmanuel Okafor Ede

Reconceptualization of African vocational and technological education for emergent globalization, relevance and sustainable economic development

August 2010

  This paper focuses on reconceptualizing vocational and technological education in Africa to make it more relevant and able to meet the emergent global and sustainable economy. The past and present operations of this system of education were x-rayed pointing out the problems and the expectations. The expectations were high. The problems are equally numerous and overwhelming such that as it is being presently...

Author(s): K. O. Oloruntegbe, J. O. Agbayewa, S. O. Adodo, D. Adare and A. M. Laleye

Fuzzy sexual selection and multi-crossover for genetic algorithm

August 2010

  This paper introduces a new selection scheme inspired by sexual selection and some new methods based on combination of crossovers, concept of sexual selection and lifetime for chromosomes. A bi-linear allocation lifetime approach is used to label the chromosomes based on their fitness value. After selecting a label for each chromosome, using fuzzy rules and selecting a suitable crossover method, initially...

Author(s): Mohammad Jalali Varnamkhasti and Lai Soon Lee

Student pathways in a New Zealand polytechnic: key factors for completion

August 2010

  This study aims to identify factors predicting students’ pathways in a New Zealand polytechnic. Data on 1076 students who enrolled in 2002 in degree programmes in a large polytechnic in the Auckland region were used for this study. A series of regression models were established, the findings suggest that the more papers students take in the first year the more likely they are to complete their Bachelor...

Author(s): Boaz Shulruf, Sarah Tumen and John Hattie

Developing an approach for a sustainable agricultural revolution: A prescription for the private and public sectors in the Southern states of Nigeria

July 2010

  Over the years, agricultural development in Nigeria has been on a downward trend. This negative trend is attributed to the apathy from the people, the discovery of oil just before independence; and the after effects of the civil war of the late 60's. In addition to the local political problems, intensive agricultural research and delivery systems have been disappointingly low in some of the underdeveloped...

Author(s): E. A. Alademerin and T. O. Adedeji

Impact of liberalization on employment in India

July 2010

  Trade liberalization refers to the removal of government incentives and restrictions from trade between nations. Rapidly increasing flows of goods and services across national borders have been the most visible aspect of the increasing integration of the global economy in recent decades. There is a vast body of literature which shows that trade is good for economic growth which in turn is also good for...

Author(s): R. K. Shastri, Ravindra Tripathi and Anushree Singh

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