An Investigation into Vocational Preferences among Students in Technical Colleges in Ogun State, Nigeria
This study investigated the vocational preferences of students in Technical Colleges in Ogun State. The sample consisted of two hundred and eight-eight (288) male and one hundred and twelve (112) female students randomly selected from the two technical colleges at Ijebu-North and Ijebu-Ode Local government areas of Ogun State. Four research questions and two null hypotheses were formulated and tested. Data generated from a survey were analyzed using descriptive and inferential techniques such as frequency counts, percentage and t-test statistics respectively for data analysis. The study revealed among others that there is no significant difference between the attitude of male students and female students in the choice of a vocation in Technical Colleges; that students took to their various vocations as a result of the need for stable and secure future and that lack of adequate equipment, time for practical and dearth of qualified teachers were the problems students faced in their various vocations. The study concludes with a set of recommendations among others that Government should devise ways of dissuading students from choosing vocations out of a need of monetary reward for this will go a long way in jeopardizing the scientific and technological advancement of the country.
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