Apprenticeship in the Academic System among Agricultural Education Lecturers in Nigerian Universities
The aim of the study was to ascertain the impact of apprenticeship system among agricultural education lecturers in Nigerian Universities. The study adopted a cross-sectional survey research design. The study was conducted in Nigerian Universities. Six universities comprising one university each from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria was randomly selected for the study. The study had a population of 86 agricultural education lecturers in the sampled universities. Out of the 86 lecturers, 41 lecturers were purposively sampled which consisted of all agricultural education lecturers with five years or less of work experience. Data was collected from the participants with the use of focus group discussion. Data collected were analyzed qualitatively. Points which were suggested by a majority of the participants formed part of the findings of the study. The researcher used the points raised to make inference. The findings of the study revealed that younger lecturers carry out many academic and non academic activities for their senior colleagues. It also revealed that these activities have positive and negative impacts on the academic and personal life of the participants. The study therefore recommended among others that senior and younger agricultural education lecturers are encouraged to have a gentleman agreement before agreeing to partake in apprenticeship system and senior colleagues should ensure that the personal responsibilities of younger lecturers are considered before dishing out personal responsibilities to them.
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