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Title:Perceptions of craftsmen and apprentices regarding self-employment skill acquisition in the Kenyan informal sector
Author(s):K'aol, George Ondego
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Nelson, Robert E.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Vocational
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which self-employment skills were taught by craftsmen to apprentices involved in informal apprenticeship activities. The results were obtained from structured interviews with 52 craftsmen and 52 apprentices who were involved in apprenticeship activities in the informal sector in Nairobi. The population consisted of craftsmen and apprentices in auto-repair, metalwork, and woodwork trades. A multistage cluster sampling technique was used to select the craftsmen and apprentices from target population. Frequency distributions, percentages and measures of central tendencies were used to analyze descriptive data while analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to analyze parametric data.
The findings of this study indicated that the degree of teaching self-employment skills such as business planning, bookkeeping, marketing, and inventory control was rated low by both craftsmen and apprentices. The degree of teaching public relations and costing was rated moderate. A two-factor split-plot ANOVA test indicated that the craftsmen and apprentices were mostly in agreement on perceptions regarding the degree that self-employment skills were taught through the informal apprenticeship system.
The findings also revealed that the majority of the craftsmen in this study rated their competency level in bookkeeping, inventory control, time management, business planning, and marketing as low; and they rated their competency level in public relations and costing skills as moderate. A one-way ANOVA test revealed that the perceived competency level of the craftsmen in business planning, costing, marketing, and bookkeeping skills was statistically significant on the basis of their education level. A Tukey's honestly significant difference (HSD) test indicated that the craftsmen with no formal education felt less competent in costing, marketing, and bookkeeping skills than those with secondary or primary education.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 K'aol, George Ondego
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9522127
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9522127

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