Studentsí Perception Of Engineering Programs; Case Study Of Students In Wa Polytechnic
Vitus M. Tabie, Adams Yunus
Key Terms: Perception, Engineering programs, Technical and vocational education (TVET), Polytechnic education.
Abstract: The low enrolment in engineering programs in Wa Polytechnic in the upper west region of Ghana is obviously traceable to peopleís perception about technical and vocational education and training (TVET). As a result of this, the study identified some perceptual variables affecting the enrolment in engineering programs. It also explored the influence of Engineering Lecturers/personnel and graduates on the studentís perception over engineering. Random sampling method was used for the study. A sample size of 80 respondents was used. The study was limited to the respondents in Wa Polytechnic. The statistical tools employed for analysis were SPSS and basic excel tools. The study reveals that Wa Polytechnic students believe technical and vocational education is important for national development and they are highly motivated to pursue study in engineering. However, they think Wa Polytechnic need to improve on hands-on or practical training. In line with the findings of the study, the summary, conclusion and recommendations were put forward by the researcher for the Polytechnic and interested stakeholders in the area of resource mobilization.
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