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Title:
STUDENTS' ATTITUDE TOWARDS ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDY FOR THE PURPOSE OF BECOMING SELF-EMPLOYMENT: IMPLICATIONS FOR BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION AND COUNSELLING SERVICES

Authors:
Dr. ADEFOKUN, Shulammite Idowu, Dr. EDEBOR, Florence, OBERA, A. Victoria, Nigeria

Abstract:
This study examined the extent to which behavior modification and counselling services will impact positively on students' attitude Entrepreneurial Study for the Purpose of Becoming Self-Employment. Entrepreneurship education programme was introduced by the National Universities Commission (NUC), as part of training programme of students of tertiary institutions (polytechnics inclusive), the program is laudable on the one hand, attitude of students' (beneficiary of the programme) towards entrepreneurial study for the purpose of becoming self-employment is a challenge on the other-hand. Efforts to bridge this gap prompted the researchers to investigate into the extent to which behavior modification and counselling services will go in influencing students' attitude positively. The researchers adopted descriptive research survey for the study; and stratified random sampling technique to select total number 570(five hundred and seventy) students from the entire population of 6000(six thousand) students of Kogi state polytechnics, average 38 students from 15randomly selected departments of the institution. Researchers' developed the research instrument tagged: "Students Needs for Behaviour Modification towards Entrepreneurial Study Questionnaire" [SNFBMTESQ] which was validated by two experts from department of General Studies Federal University, Lokoja. Using test-re-test method for pilot study on students that were not part of the study, the reliability of the instrument was established, data collected was correlated with Pearson product Moment Correlation and a reliability coefficient of 0.78 was obtained. Data collection was conducted by the researchers and four trained research assistants. Null hypotheses formulated for the study were tested using chi-square statistics at 0.05 alpha level of significance. Findings from the study revealed: that students have awareness of important of entrepreneurship education as means to provides training for students, the idea of students not embracing entrepreneurship education a means of becoming entrepreneur/self-employed is more of attitudinal than awareness of benefit of learning entrepreneurship education; that that significant differences exist the means score of students from school of pure sciences' and students from school from of management sciences' attitudes towards studying entrepreneurial education for the purpose of becoming entrepreneur/self-employment. Based on the findings from the study, it was recommended that: practical entrepreneurship counselling, and introduction of behaviour modification and counselling services as regular part of Entrepreneurial education in such a way to counsel students for attitudinal change and from previous dream of 'white collar job' to embracing entrepreneur and self-employment, provisions of opportunities for young graduates to assess funds.

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