Skill Improvement Needs of Motor Vehicle Mechanics Teachers in Technical Institutions
The study examined the skill improvement needs of motor vehicle mechanics teachers in the use of auto scan tools in the technical institutions in Enugu state. Three research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study. The study was carried out in two technical colleges in Enugu state that offer motor vehicle mechanics (MVM) trade and three institutions where motor vehicle mechanics trade is offered as automobile technology or automobile education. A survey research design was used. The population of the study consisted of eighty (80) MVM teachers and instructors. A 36 validated item questionnaire was structured on two types of response scale (perceived importance and expressed performance) to elicit information on the use of auto scan tool for diagnosing some vehicle systems faults and its reliability coefficient was 0.79 using Pearson Product Moment correlation reliability. Data collected were analyzed using the mean and the improvement needed index (INI) to answer the research questions. The result of the study showed a minimum average improvement mean of 3.80 and a maximum of 4.31 with respect to a minimum average performance mean of 2.71 and a maximum of 4.20. Then, t- test statistic was used to test the null hypotheses at 0.05% level of significance. The study found out that MVM teachers need skill improvement in the use of auto scan tools for vehicle systems diagnosis, since the first and second null hypotheses had t-calculated as 0.26 and 0.69 respectively which are less than the t-critical of 2.05. The third hypothesis had t-calculated as 7.30 which is not less than the t-critical. The study recommended that workshop/seminars should be organized to enable MVM teachers’ have skill improvement.