COMPETENCIES REQUIRED OF BUSINESS EDUCATION GRADUATES’ JOB PERFORMANCE IN EDO AND DELTA STATES OF NIGERIA
Keywords: Competencies; Job Performance; pedagogical competency; Problem-solving competency; Internet networking competency
AbstractThis study investigated business educators’ perception of competencies required of Business Education graduates’ job performance in Edo and Delta States. Three research questions guided the study and one hypothesis. The study adopted the descriptive survey design. A population of 127 business educators participated in the study. Cronbach alpha technique was used to get the reliability coefficients of 0.84 for Colleges of Education and 0.95 for Universities Business educators with an overall coefficient of 0.89. The instrument was validated by three experts. Descriptive statistics of mean and standard deviation was used to analyse the research questions, the null hypothesis was tested using t-test at 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed that business educators’ perception is that business education graduates’ require technical, problem solving competencies to a very high extent (VHE), and require pedagogical competency to a high extent (HE) for job performance and that business educators’ perception was not influenced by gender. As such, the null hypothesis was rejected. It was therefore recommended that generic competencies of interview selection and internet networking contained in this study be embedded in Business Education curriculum as they are very critical for job performance in today digitalized and competitive business economy.