ATTITUDE OF GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS TOWARDS TEACHING PROFESSION IN FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ZARIA, KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA

Foin David Nchouji, Ejeh Lawrence Udeh

Abstract


The teaching profession employs a significant number of graduates from tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The study used survey design with questionnaire as means of collecting data with a sample of 261 student teachers in Federal College of Education Zaria. Cluster sampling technique and balloting was adopted in selecting the students. The chi-square was used to test the null hypothesis of association at p< 0.005 level of significance. The data was analyzed using percentage count, with the highest response indicating the opinion of students. The findings showed that there is a significant relationship between neighbours interaction and students’ attitude towards teaching profession. Results also indicate a significant relationship between parents’ religion and students in selecting teaching profession as a career. Further study revealed a significant relationship between peer group and student’s attitude in selecting geography as a teaching subject. From the study, the following recommendations were made. Peer group and neighbour’s influence on student’s attitude towards teaching profession should be discouraged. Parents should strongly advice and encourage their children to take up a career in teaching as a profession. The teaching profession should be accorded priority and teachers at all levels of education should be better paid than other professions, as this will attract more students to the profession. The public should be given a better orientation about the teaching profession.  This will discourage the negative attitude and perception about teachers and the profession.


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Altitude, Geography Students, Teaching, Profession

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