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n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Best practices and experiences in soft skills assessment in Oyo Town, Oyo State Schools

Volume 5, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Abstract

This study investigated the best practices in assessing students' soft skills and the personal experiences of teachers in assessing the soft skills of students. The population of the study consisted of all teachers in Oyo town, Oyo state, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling technique was used in the study. Two Local Government Areas (Atiba and Oyo West) were randomly selected from the four LGAs in Oyo town. Furthermore, ten public schools were equally randomly chosen from each of the two LGAs and from each school 15 teachers were randomly sampled, making a total of 20 schools and 300 teachers. An instrument titled "Best Practices in and Experiences in Assessing Soft Skills Scale" developed by the researchers was validated using Cronbach Alpha, which gave reliability coefficient of 0.74 and 0.78 respectively. Three research questions and two hypotheses were answered and tested using descriptive statistics and t-test respectively. Results showed that 15% of the teachers had M.Ed, 70% B.Ed, 10% of them had PGDE while 5% had NCE. Teachers' years of experiences were as follows: below 9 years 22%, 10 - 18 years 48%, 19 â?? 27 years 19% and 28 years and above 11%. The result also revealed that the best practices in assessing students' soft skill as perceived by the teachers were the combination of direct and indirect assessment methods. Most of the teachers in the study agreed that from their experiences, students' some soft skills were rarely and not easy to assess. Lastly, there was no significance difference between male and female teachers' perception of the best practices and experiences in soft skill assessment respectively. Recommendations included: orientation for teachers in soft skill assessment should be organized from time to time to enable them acquire necessary skills for assessing students' soft skills which will add to their experiences in soft skills assessment as well as improve their proficiency in doing it.

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2014-10-01
2019-09-16

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