BUSINESS EDUCATION ATTITUDE OF students AND TEACHERS TOWARD THE TEACHING PROFESSION
This study's major purpose was to assess and characterize the attitude of business education teachers toward the teaching profession. The views of 75 students were sampled using student questionnaires; data analysis revealed that the majority of the sampled students, who were largely female, as well as their male counterparts, had a positive attitude toward the teaching profession. It was advised, among other things, that the teaching profession be enhanced to encourage prospective service teachers in training to choose teaching as a career.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Education is the key that unlocks other doors of growth, and teachers hold the key to education's door. It is impossible to overstate the significance of instructors in the educational growth of all students. “No educational system can rise above the caliber of its teachers,” reads the National Policy on Education (1981). Teaching is one of the oldest professions in the world; as a result, everyone believes they can engage in it due to the simplistic definition that is frequently provided.
Akinpelu (1981:94) defines teaching as the conscious, purposeful attempt of a mature or experienced person to impart information, knowledge, and skills to an immature or less experienced person with the expectation that the latter will learn or come to believe that he is being taught on solid foundation. Teaching represents a variety of acts performed by more knowing and experienced individuals to affect the behavior of others.
According to Bell-Gam (1998:96), a variety of classroom activities might be considered teaching. For example, writing on the chalkboard for pupils to copy, teacher-student discussions, etc. Therefore, for activities to be considered teaching. Akinpelu (1981:94) maintained that it must be conducted in an acceptable and pedagogically sound manner.
This is a vulgar rush by Nigerian students to enter professions such as medicine, engineering, law, and accounting. Those currently in this field work hard to make it more appealing, and there is a sense of pride and self-identification among members of the aforementioned occupations.
All of these factors increase their appeal to students and the general public. The teaching profession, which was one of the earliest in Nigeria, has been consigned to the background and is no longer appealing to students.
Before the advent of crude oil and the rapid growth of the banking and other private sector, teaching attracted a large number of students during the 1940s through the late 1960s. Secondary school graduates and university students typically made teaching their first career choice.
However, it is evident in our contemporary society that teaching is now viewed as a profession for the dregs, while many view it as a profession for women. Interactions with numerous teachers-in-training indicate that a minority of them (particularly females) are passionate about the teaching profession.
The majority of them have a poor opinion of the profession. Many parents in the occupation viewed it as the worst job a person could have. A statement such as “God forbid” or “My children will never be teachers.” The fact that teachers have not been paid for the past few months is a typical source of discouragement among parents and educators.
College of education students have a generally negative view of the teaching profession. Numerous explanations have been offered, but it is unsurprising that modern society has little or no regard for teachers. This is because teaching is fraught with numerous difficulties. This poor regard depresses the desire of instructors to do their duties in the classroom. Individuals who perceive low prestige and remuneration from their work divert their efforts and interest, for example, to activities meant to increase their economic substance. It is also reported that the negative public perception of teachers compared to other professions is one of the discouraging reasons why student instructors dislike the profession. Some of them are also intimidated by classrooms containing an average of seventy or more students during an effective teaching and learning process. In addition, the teacher's compensation is so low that it is barely sufficient to cover his monthly expenses, and he is not even paid on a consistent basis, which lowers his morale.
The outlook of Nigerian students on the teaching profession is not unique to Nigeria. It is a global issue that has engaged the attention of numerous governments and international organizations, including the International Labour Organizations (ILO). For instance, at the 19891 international labour organization second joint meeting on the working conditions of teachers, which was held in Geneva in November of 1991, participants were more concerned with the low salaries of teachers. Additionally, they implemented the late payment of teacher's salaries in member states. In this analysis, attempts will be made to determine why kids do not value education. Attempts will be made to justify some claims stated in the introduction, and suggestions will be made on how to make the teaching profession more appealing to students.
1.2 DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM
The purpose of this study was to discover problems connected with college students' attitudes toward the teaching profession. In so way, the following will be investigated:
The social, economic, educational, religious, and political ramifications of these students' perspective on the teaching profession.
The situation of student admission; The difficulty plaguing the teaching profession; The attitude of certain provosts of colleges of education toward the supply of essential facilities that could facilitate successful teaching and learning activities.
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
In order for this study to have a clear direction, some objectives have been considered. Certain of them are;
Determine some of the reasons why College of Education students have a unique outlook on the teaching profession.
List the social, economic, educational, religious, and political consequences of the students' attitude towards the moral development of this nation.
Identify the issues that hinder the teaching and learning process of the student's teachers.
examine the perspectives of College of Education students on the vocation of teaching.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
These research questions are constructed:
How do students of the College of Education feel about the teaching profession?
What are the issues facing the teaching profession?
What are the discouraging reasons why student teachers dislike their occupation?
Students' attitudes toward teaching as a vocation.
Do parents view the teaching profession as a job that could be performed by anyone?
How do various Colleges of Education provosts feel about the supply of basic amenities that could facilitate effective teaching and learning?
1.5 Significance of the Research
The study will contribute to the body of educational information addressing the numerous elements influencing education students' perceptions of the teaching profession.
To make pupils aware that the teaching profession is not for academically-weary individuals, but for the society's intellectuals.
Counselors, parents, and individuals seeking a solution to the problem of teaching in society will find this information useful if they are aware of these elements.
In this study, the following research questions were addressed.
The information offered in this study will be useful to state education ministries that embrace free education and to the federal government as it develops its free, high-quality educational program.
As stated in the national policy of education (1981), teacher will be legally and officially recognized as a profession, which will encourage students to pursue a career in the teaching profession.
1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Attitude is the inclination to perceive a specific thing or group of individuals in a particular manner.
This is a high-status employment comprised of highly educated individuals executing highly specialized roles in society that others cannot or do not perform.
Motivation is the willingness to perform an action without being compelled to do so.
Interest: the desire to learn more about a subject.
This is a methodical approach to fostering learning.
Student teachers are those who are in the process of becoming certified educators.
A teacher is someone who has been taught to enlighten, educate, and instruct a group of individuals.
Teacher Education is the formalized process by which teachers are educated.
BUSINESS EDUCATION ATTITUDE OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS TOWARD THE TEACHING PROFESSION