EFFECT OF INTERNSHIP ON BUSINESS EDUCATION STUDENTS’ SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN MICROSOFT SPREADSHEET PROCESSING PACKAGE IN FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TECH.), OMOKU – RIVERS STATE
Abdulkarim, A. Musa Ph.D
This study investigates the effect of internship on business education students’ skills development in Microsoft spreadsheet processing package in Federal College of Education (Tech.), Omoku – Rivers State. To achieve its main purpose, research questions and one hypothesis were raised. Quasi-experimental research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study consists of 86 year III degree business education students and 45 organizations who participated in SIWES. 15 year III degree business education students and 15 industrial based supervisors were used as sample for the study. The samples were drawn using purposive sampling technique. Researcher’s designed checklist was used for data collection. The instrument was validated and subjected to reliability using test-retest method. Pearson product moment correlation for the two clusters gave r-value of 0.76. The r value was converted using the spearman brown prophetic formula to obtain reliability index of 0.86. Data collected for the study were analysed using mean to answer the research questions and factorial Analysis of Variance to test the null hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. It was recommended among others that: SIWES units in tertiary institutions should investigate the relevance of place of SIWES submitted by students and assess experiences of industrial based supervisors in relation to students’ field of study as a prerequisite for positing to an organization.