STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING PRACTICAL PROJECTS IN WOODWORK IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) IN NORTH-WESTERN STATES OF NIGERIA
The study was motivated by a great concern about the future and continuity of woodwork practical projects in all tiers of society and our education system particularly in Colleges of education (Technical). The concern stemmed from poor performance, low and declining skill practice in performance. Pertinent questions and doubts were raised on the strategies employed by teachers currently teaching woodwork in Colleges of Education (Tehcnical). The study therefore focused on the in-service training, motivation, instructional materials and teaching technique in woodwork practical project as a frame of reference. Four research questions guided the study and hypotheses formulated were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The study adopted a survey research design. The area of the study was the seven Northwestern states. The population and sample for the study was made up of 15 woodwork lecturers and 28 instructors in the seven Colleges of Education (Technical). A questionnaire titled “Strategies for improving practical projects in woodwork in Colleges of Education (Technical) in Northwestern states of Nigeria” consisting of 70 items was structured, based on the woodwork practical projects, administered to 43 teachers. Data collected were analyzed using eh means and test statistics. The study recommended re-training, motivation and in-service training for woodwork teachers not once but on regular basis through workshops and seminars.