|dc.description.abstract||Apparently, the world is presently undergoing major transformations. Entrepreneurship curriculum implementation has been identified as part of the transformational measures towards ensuring the socio-economic empowerment of the nation’s youths and her technological development. Thus, this study investigated the relationship among entrepreneurship curriculum implementation (ECI), Total Quality Management Strategy (TQMS) and Students’ Skills Utilization (SSU) in Public Senior Secondary Schools (PSSS) in South-west, Nigeria. The main objectives were to examine the: (i) level of implementation of the 34 entrepreneurship subjects in PSSS in South-west, Nigeria; (ii) level of availability of entrepreneurship infrastructural facilities; (iii) practical skills students have acquired through products and services made; (iv) relationship between availability of entrepreneurship subject instructional materials and students’ academic performance, and (v) relationship among. ECI, TQMS and SSU.
The study adopted a descriptive survey of correlational type. The population comprised 13,225 participants from the 2,645 PSSS in South-west, Nigeria. The sample size was 1,690 comprising one principal, one vice-principal (Academic), one HOD (Entrepreneurship) and two entrepreneurship subject teachers from each selected 338 out of 2,645 PSSS using purposive sampling technique and Krejeie Morgan Table respectively. Three instruments: “Entrepreneurship Curriculum Implementation and Students’ Skills Utilization Checklist” (ECISSUC), “Total Quality Management Strategy Questionnaire” (TQMSQ) and “Students’ Academic Achievement Proforma” (SAAP, WAEC standardized format), were used to collect relevant data. The instruments were content validated by five experts.The reliabilities of ECISSUC and TQMSQ were established using Pearson’s Product-Moment Correlation (PPMC) statistics with coefficients 0.62 and 0.65, respectively. Ten research questions were raised and answered using percentages while the main and operational hypotheses were tested using Stepwise Multiple Regression and PPMC statistics at .05 alpha level.
The findings of the study were that:
i) the level of implementation of the 34 entrepreneurship subjects in PSSS was rated very low by participants 71.9%;
ii) the level of availability of infrastructural facilities in PSSS in South-west, Nigeria was rated very low with the mean score of 1.28 below the cut off mean score of 1.50;
iii) the practical skills students acquired as shown through product produced was low (39.1%);
iv) a significant, low but positive relationship existed between availability of entrepreneurship subject instructional materials and students’ academic performance (r = 0.318; p < .05); and
v) There was significant relationship among ECI, TQMS and SSU -- ECI & TQMS (r=0.621; p<.05), ECI and SSU (r=0.556; p<.05), TQMS and SSU (r=0.536; p<.05).
The study concluded that there was a strong positive relationship among ECI, TQMS and SSU in PSSS in South-west, Nigeria. The implication of these findings is that adequate knowledge and effective utilization of TQMS would facilitate ECI for SSU in PSSS in South-west, Nigeria. It was recommended that Ministry of Education and curriculum planners should include TQMS in their various training workshops and seminars to sensitize all PSSS stakeholders on TQMS issues and make ample provisions for infrastructural facilities and instructional materials.||en_US