SKILLS REQUIRED BY TEACHERS TO CARRY OUT THEIR ACTIVITIES IN WOOD WORKSHOPS IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN NORTH WESTERN NIGERIA
The study was influenced by the great concern about the future and continuity of woodwork as a skill oriented course which equipped learners with relevant skills for the world of work. The concerned emanated from poor performance in woodwork and low declining skills in performance among tertiary institutions graduate in the North Western Nigeria. The study therefore, focused on the Skills Required by Teachers to carry out their Activities in Wood workshops in Tertiary Institutions in North Western Nigeria. Four research questions were asked and four hypotheses formulated and were tested at 0.05 level of significant. A questionnaire titled ‘Skills Required by Tertiary level Woodwork Teachers (QSRTWT), consisting of 64 items was structured based on the four research questions: Cutting, Planing and Joint making others are Assembling, Finishing and finishes application as well as Maintenance of woodwork tools and equipment were administered to forty woodwork teachers in seven tertiary institutions in North Western Nigeria (Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states). Data collected were analyzed using the Mean and answered the research questions and t-test statistic was used and tested the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significant. The result of the research questions showed that all the 64 woodwork skills were required by the tertiary institutions teachers. The hypotheses tested revealed that there is no significant difference in the mean responses of the Experienced and Less experienced teachers in the skills required by woodwork teachers in carrying out their activities in wood workshops in tertiary institutions in North Western Nigeria. Therefore, the result of the study showed that there is the need for re-training of teachers in woodwork skills for effective transfer of same to the learners. The study recommended that continuous training and re-training of woodwork teachers in woodwork skills through in service training, workshop and seminars to update their skills is necessary.