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Doctor of Philosophy


Industrial Education and Technology


The problem of this study was to investigate the curriculum approaches, occupational emphasis, and program evaluation components of industrial technology programs within the Nigerian federal universities of technology. The objective of this study was to develop a model plan for use by the educational administrators and program planners in upgrading and restructuring the existing industrial technology programs in the federal universities of technology in Nigeria;A list of variables related to the three questions of the study was rated on a five-point scale by a sample of university lecturers, top executives from industry, administrators of technical education, and graduate students of industrial technology in selected American universities. The resulting responses were analyzed using analysis of variance statistics to elicit areas of consensus or agreement and areas of significant differences among the four groups of respondents;The data were further analyzed using the scatterplot analysis. Only those variables rated by the four groups as being "highly important" and above, on a five-point scale, were finally identified in the study;The conclusion of the study, which was based on the findings related to specific questions were as follows: (1) Nineteen variables were identified under four dominant curriculum approaches, namely, research/philosophical approach, strategic planning approach, occupational guidance approach, and cooperative approach, for emphasis in the industrial technology programs in Nigeria. (2) Fourteen occupational areas emerged as acceptable areas of emphasis in the industrial technology program planning in the federal universities of technology in Nigeria. These occupational areas fell into seven occupational clusters: health, transportation, communications, power and energy, construction, manufacturing, and management. (3) Eleven evaluation components were found to be highly important in the evaluation of the industrial technology programs. The evaluation components identified focused mainly on the curriculum, facilities, goals, philosophy, and objectives of the department, the community and the country at large;In view of the fact that this study did not constitute the total dimensions of the industrial technology programs, further research in other dimensions was highly recommended.



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