NEW INNOVATION IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION: CHALLENGES IN THE TEACHING OF AUTOMOBILE TECHNOLOGY IN KWARA STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ILORIN, NIGERIA
WAHAB, Habeeb Babatunde; SAKA-ALIKINLA, Issa; ALIYU, Abdulrasaq & OJO, Adesnami
Globally, new innovation in automobile technology is faced with great challenges. It has been a disturbing issue and caused incessant change in curriculum in colleges of education in Nigeria. Innovation is very prominent in automobile technology in Kwara State and Nigeria as a nation. It became a matter of serious concern as Nigeria is beset with lot of challenges in technological advancement. The main objective of this paper is to examine the challenges that automobile technology confronts with new innovation in automobile. It is within this framework that the paper examined the adequacy of workshop training facilities, identify retraining needs of automobile technology teachers, and find out competencies needed by automobile technology teachers in the study area. The methodology of the study is qualitative in nature and utilises secondary sources of data like textbooks, journal articles, magazines and newspapers. The study is premised on the linear model of innovation. The study realised that inadequate facilities, dearth of opportunity to training and retraining, and incompetency on the part of automobile technology teachers serve as banes to the teaching of new innovation in automobile technology in Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin. It was recommended that adequate facilities should be made available in automobile technology workshop; teachers of automobile technology should be encouraged to undergo training and retraining programmes; and incentive should be given to the teachers of automobile technology in colleges of education.