Teachers’ Competency and Motivational Levels in Teaching Data Processing in Port Harcourt Metropolis
Weli Bumia, Olele Clara N
This study was undertaken to investigate into teachers’ competency and motivational levels in teaching Data Processing in senior secondary schools in Port Harcourt metropolis. Two research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The sample of the study was fifty-one (51) Data Processing teachers (Fifteen (15) teachers of the four public schools and thirty-six (36) teachers of the fifty-four (54) private schools). The small nature of the sample is as a result of the fact that Data Processing as one of the Trade and Entrepreneurial subjects is not a compulsory subject, hence not offered by all the public and private schools in Port Harcourt Metropolis. Two instruments developed by the researcher titled “Teachers Competency Observation Rating Scale on Data Processing (TCORSDP), and Data Processing Resources and Teachers Motivational Questionnaire (DPRTMQ)” with reliability coefficients of 0.91 and 0.74 respectively were used for data gathering. Data gathered were analyzed with, mean ( ), Standard Deviation (SD) and independent t-test for testing the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings revealed that the competency level of Data Processing (DP) teachers in teaching DP in schools, both public and private were averagely good ability and there was no significant difference in the competency level of Data Processing (DP) subject teachers between public and private secondary schools in Port Harcourt metropolis. Also, the motivational levels of Data Processing (DP) subject teachers in senior secondary schools in Port Harcourt metropolis for both public and private schools were found to be moderate, and there was a significant difference between the motivational level of Data Processing (DP) subject teachers between public and private schools in Port Harcourt metropolis. Based on these findings it is recommended thatthe competency levels of the Data Processing teachers should be sustained and boosted by periodic workshop activities provided by school owners, in order to keep DP teachers abreast with modern ICT facilities and training associated with DP teaching. In addition, motivational level of Data Processing teachers should be improved upon and enhance by school owners by providing the needed instructional materials (media) for effective teaching of DP and the periodic provision of incentives for Data Processing teachers in the forms of sponsorship in short-term courses on ICT/Statistical/Graphical packages as well as monetary allowances for teaching Data processing.