Michael Oghenenyoreme Jules
Department of Vocational and Technology Education
Faculty of Education,
Niger Delta University,
+234 806 060 9054
The Student as a Customer
Maintaining an Understandable Relationship between Educators and Students
Theories and Models
STATUS QUO OPERATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: A THEORY
Propounded by: Michael O. Jules
All organizations follow a predetermined arrangement/sequence for conducting their day-to-day activities. This is what is referred to as formality. Hence, all formal organizations have predetermined format through which their information is sent, processes through which visitors must pass through see officers in their various offices, through which purchases are made including sales, public relations amongst others. In essence, the predetermined process (status quo) guide the way the organization reacts to situations. Now, it becomes difficult for such organizations to easily engage in an activity without all such bureaucratic process; and even if they could, they are pessimistic about the new development. Hence, they would rather prefer to remain in the comfortable zone they where than to readjust to the new situation. In Status Quo Operational Organizations, the assumption is that organizations (especially, but not limited to non-profit organizations) are hostile to organizational change that sometimes, they shun/ignore the change or become hostile to such introduction of a new idea. This is because the new idea or innovation is meant disrupt the current practice in the organization. It is in this line of argument that this theory is built.
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THEORY OF CAREER CHOICE DEPENDENCE: A PRIME APPROACH
Propounded by: Michael O. Jules
In the study of vocational and occupation guidance, researchers across board have found that numerous factors influence the choice of students in their career choice process. The notable ones among these influencers are parents and peers. Parents and peers are seen as major influencers because unlike social media and the environment, parents and peers have a way of putting extra pressure on students to succumb to their option or opinion on the course the child should take. Because of the overwhelming pressure that students most times face from parents and their peers, they have now become totally dependent on what they are told to do. This theory of career/vocational/occupational choice dependence draws from the strength that students are prone to waiting on their parents, peers or societal decision to take action. This theory is invaluable to the understanding of students’ career choice because nearly all researches are beamed on parental pressure. None is focused on students’ over-dependence of parents to take action in their career choice process. This paper therefore, is an introduction to a new perspective in the discus of career guidance which seeks to look at career guidance counselling from a student’s dependent attitude approach.
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MICHAEL JULES’ TRIPARTITE TAXONOMY OF CAREER RELEVANCE
Propounded by: Michael O. Jules
Today, numerous students enter into courses that are not relevant to their immediate environment. This is due in part to changing practices and paradigm shift which had greatly influenced the way we operated in the not-too-far past that courses which were somewhat important are now being phased out. This paper on Michael Jules’ tripartite taxonomy of career choice relevance attempt to dichotomize the usefulness of career paths into three major categories, namely – the business, employability and social relevance. The author maintained the view that students aspiring to choose a career should endeavor to place these three perspectives in focus before taking decisions. Consequent upon the issue at hand, corresponding suggestions were also made to guide the students.
Keywords: Tripartite Taxonomy, Career Choice Relevance, Business Relevance, Employability Relevance, Social Relevance.
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A Compendium of Theoretical Frameworks for Vocational Studies
Within the students’ community, it has been observed that most students lack the understanding of utility and application of research theories in their research works. This has resulted to inadequate and improper use of theoretical underpinnings. This compendium of theoretical framework for undergraduate studies therefore, is a compilation of theories for undergraduate and post graduate studies. This compilation which is the first volume consists of 23 theories. Each theory contains the research topic, the abstract, basic theory, application and references.
Keywords: Compendium, Theoretical Framework, Vocational Studies.
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Career Choice Assistance: Pit holes from our Parents
This article is aimed at addressing our parents on the role they play in selecting a career for their children. Over the years, as witnesses, observers, and victims of career imposition, we have come to the realization that our parents, even the educated and highly educated ones lack the technicalities and nitty-gritty surrounding career selection process. Hence, their approach most times may be wrong. Too many times, children suffer from wrong career choices imposed on them by their parents. What happens is that when they come to school, some of them who could not study the course imposed on them, tend to engage in inappropriate activities because they do not want to go back home and tell their father that they could not meet up. Hence, the parents, who caused the predicament in the first place, keep on paying school fees for a programme that his/her child does not attend. Therefore, this paper serves as a guide to our parents in assisting their children to choose their course of study. Doing so, not through imposition, but in consideration of what is obtainable in terms of student’s capacity.
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CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN VOCATIONAL AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION: ADOPTING BEST PRACTICES AND STANDARD PERFORMANCE
RELEVANCE OF TYPEWRITING AND SHORTHAND IN MODERN CURRICULUM
Curriculum has been an important determinant of the extent of quality of education offered in an educational system. That is, the resultant output thereof in any educational system is a consequence of the curriculum developed for such a system. Owing to the above argument, the author believes in strong terms that most courses and curriculum in our institutions have by far been outdated. Therefore, we can no longer continue with such types of curriculum and courses. The author is of the view however, that such courses should be scrapped-off by curriculum experts and be made to be in line or be fine-tuned to current challenges in the workplace environment. If at all, it must be taught, it should be part of History of ICT Development in the Office Environment, just like the study of First generation of computers in Introduction to Computer, where students are not carrying ENIAC up and down. The continuous teaching of courses like typewriting and shorthand is an involuntary attempt on the part of educators to sabotage the future career progress of students. The truth remains that there are some courses that will not and will never put food on the table of our graduates and even if they do, it will cause hunger in the family. Such courses should not be tied or known with Vocational and Technology Education, a mother course whose main aim is to make learners useful. Currently, there are courses being offered in the university that neither have lucrative job prospects nor have business advantage. Take for instance, Geology. How can one open a business with knowledge in Geology? How can one get a well-paying job with typewriting? These are the considerations that has necessitated this work. In an era such as this, a material in this direction has become all important.
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Curriculum Review Resolution of 2018
The meeting to review the extent of relevance of our curriculum titled “Curriculum Review Resolution (CRR) (2018) was held at 38B Sadiemo-Ama, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State. The meeting had in attendance the convener, Michael O. Jules, post-graduate student, Faculty of Education, Niger Delta University, the president, Faculty of Education and presidents of the five Departments in Education. Total attendants amounted to seven (7) persons. The meeting was part of series of event planned by the convener to elicit public support for the review/movement. The primary aim of the meeting was to access the firsthand views/opinions of students through their representatives on the relevance of our curriculum with special focus on Typewriting and Shorthand. An extensive review was carried out where the convener briefed attendants the aims of the meeting. Each attendant was given the time to express their unbiased and uninfluenced views on the issue at hand. After the presentation of opinions, all thoughts were integrated which consequently resulted to the Resolution. Amongst other things, it was unanimously resolved that since the use of Typewriter and Shorthand is no more in vogue, it should be scrapped and possibly replaced with computers or at least, improved typewriters that have similar functions with computers be produced and introduced.
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Vocational Education: Pathway to National Integration and Economic Empowerment
The conception of vocational education as being the panacea for economic development is an idea that has been undisputed over the years. Researches across boards, especially in the social and management sciences and education has revealed that the acquisition of relevant skills has been a source of sustenance at the individual level and is contributory to overall national economic progress. This qualitative study on vocational education: pathway to national integration and economic empowerment is aimed at determining how vocational education can create a pathway for economic development. The focus of this study therefore, will be on those specific areas, dimensions, parameters or channels through which vocational education can make such economic empowerment possible. Hence, the study focused on entrepreneurship and medium, small and medium scale businesses as channels through which vocational education contributes to economic empowerment. Method of data collection was through secondary sources. Data indicates that entrepreneurship activities contributes to economic empowerment through its innovative and intuitive creation of business opportunities the results in employment opportunities. It was also established that medium, small and medium scale enterprises are the bedrock of any nation and that without such bedrock, an economy can crumble. Consequently, based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that vocational business education must be redefined to suit current practices and occurrences in the nation. This is to ensure that the programme meet up with its planned objectives.
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DWINDLING ROLE OF PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATIONS IN NIGERIA: A CALL FOR HELP RE-ENGINEERING PARENTAL ROLE IN CONTEMPORARY SCHOOL SYSTEM
In a typical school environment, there are numerous factors which influence the decisions of the school. These factors are often internal and external. The internal factors may include the activities of students and staff, managerial techniques, financial/revenue undulations, etc., while the external factors may be the government, community, civil organizations, NGOs, religion, parents, etc. However, this paper focuses on the parent as an external school influencer. Before now, parents visited schools to inquire of their children’s performances, to ascertain fees and levies, check on the general wellbeing of the school and to ensure that their children are highly disciplined in case they misbehaved. Unfortunately, the case is never the same again. Parents, both educated and uneducated have all fallen victims of busy schedules to the extent that they only get engaged in the home work of the child(ren). There is hardly any tangible communication between the parent and the teacher especially in the public schools domain. This long tenure or overstay of the discord in some homes have even led to total abandonment of the child’s academic activities – including home work. This is the effect of an unchecked bad attitude. Currently, there is need to re-engineer the role of parents in the school system because their lack of involvement has given the school the impetus to carry out their policies successfully without objection. The parents suffer in some of these policies especially in tuition fees hike.
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INTEGRATING VOCATIONAL BUSINESS SKILLS AND MARKETING TECHNIQUES THE PRIME OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUCCESS
In vocational business education, one of our major theory/concern is that jobs are scarce or in some extreme conditions, non-existent. Therefore, a student must learn and understand the concept of doing responsible and successful business which will enable him to survive where job-seeking fails. This belief has necessitated the introduction of Entrepreneurial studies in Universities to be made a General course. This is to ensure that students understand and practice business after school where there is no viable job. Despite being taught entrepreneurship studies in the Universities, more and more graduates still do not like, engage or succeed in their various startup businesses. Even those who engaged in business could not succeed because of inadequate managerial and marketing techniques. This is because marketing is the livewire of a business. No matter how poorly skilled a manager is, when the marketers are good, business just goes on and on. However, because vocational business education students lack modern skills and practices in marketing, they were unable to thrive on the traditional marketing terrain. It is against this backdrop that the author decides to introduce modern and non-formal practices into vocational business education especially in area of entrepreneurial studies. This is to enable gradates succeed in their businesses.
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About the Author
Born Michael Aki on 28th July 1987 to the family of Julius Ahwusi Aki of Ona Quarters in Agbarha-Otor Kingdom, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, Michael is the first Son and the eighth child of 9 children. He attended Ogelle Primary School, Ughelli (1994-1999), Otovwodo Grammar School, Ughelli (2000-2004), Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State (2009-2013). He Obtained B.Ed (Accounting) in the Niger Delta University and currently engaged in a Masters (M.Ed. Mgt/Mkg) programme in the Niger Delta University.
Currently, he is the Lead Researcher, MJE Resources (an academic research institute), Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State. He is also the head of admins of its affiliates/subsidiaries at NDU Admissions and UTME (Facebook), MJE Resources (Facebook), MJE Resources.ng (Facebook), and www.admissionsandutme.com where he doubles as a career counsellor for students transiting into the university.
Now known as Michael Oghenenyoreme Jules, the author have a penchant for learning and education in general. He has spearheaded numerous reforms in the academic environment in a collective bid to make our university programmes qualitative. He has extensively campaigned for the removal of Typewriting and Shorthand from our University curriculum. In his field as a business educator, he has also frontier the course of reforming Business Education. His major drive is to ensure that Business Education graduates become full-fledged business persons when they graduate by imbibing modern principle of business in them.
Michael also belong to the emerging set of business educators who strongly held/are of the school of taught that Business Education cannot be effectively taught when modern internet marketing techniques are not applied. This is because Business Education is all about business and once business is not marketed in the right way, it can easily fail. Michael is a lover of modern marketing practice because he believes that “soon enough, all graduates will have the skills needed for self-sustenance in accordance with the aims and objectives of Business Education. However, the next challenge will be the necessary marketing skills needed to sustain their businesses”. Below are Educational Material to the credit of Michael Oghenenyoreme Jules.
Michael O. Jules,
Head of Admins.,
NDU Admissions and UTME,
NDU Admissions and UTME,