EXTENT OF UTILIZATION OF INNOVATIVE INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES BY TEACHERS FOR IMPLEMENTING BUSINESS STUDIES CURRICULUM IN UPPER BASIC SCHOOLS IN ANAMBRA STATE
Keywords:Utilization, Implementation, Innovative, Strategies, Instructional, Curriculum
The study ascertained the extent of utilization of innovative instructional strategies for implementing business studies curriculum in upper basic schools in Anambra State. Three research questions were answered while six null hypotheses were tested. The study adopted survey research design, and 210 business studies teachers in 263 public secondary schools in Anambra State were studied without sampling. Instrument for data collection was a 27-item self-developed questionnaire validated by three experts in the field of business education and department of educational foundations. The reliability of the instrument was established using pilot-testing, and data collected were analyzed using Cronbach Alpha formula which yielded coefficient values of .85, .79, .78. The researcher and five research assistants administered and retrieved copies of the questionnaire. Mean, standard deviation, t-test and ANOVA were used for data analysis. Findings showed that; business studies teachers to a low extent utilized modelling, JiTT, while they utilized discovery learning instructional strategies to a moderate extent. It was also found that educational attainment was not a significant factor on respondents’ utilization of modelling and JiTT while educational attainment influenced their utilization of discovery learning strategy for implementing business studies curriculum. Furthermore, years of teaching experience was a significant factor on their utilization of modelling, discovery, while years of experience significantly influenced utilization of JiTT instructional strategies. Based on the findings of the study, the researcher concluded that business studies teachers did not highly utilize these strategies for implementing business studies curriculum in upper basic schools in Anambra State. It was recommended among others that; adequate time should be allowed for teaching business studies in upper basic schools. This would enable business studies teachers practice on the application of these innovative instructional strategies effectively in the classroom.
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