Soft Skills and Other Influences in Teaching Related To Work Experience at College of Health Technology, Pankshin, Plateau State, Nigeria

Authors : Habila Dang Pam, Stephen M. Abang, Lilian Dang Pam

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 11 - November

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Continuous improvement in the teaching profession is garnered over the years of work experience and further learning. However, good teaching is beyond qualifications and experiences because other than hard skills evaluated through behavioural objectives, there are soft skills that cannot be measured but are necessary traits that are essential for effective learning experience. The conditions that affect student performance are not limited to lecturers’ abilities but also certain school factors. Thirty-four (34) lecturers of the college of Health Technology, Pankshin were administered questionnaires. The main questions were related to soft skills, hard skills, competencies and student abilities. The questions imputed into SPSS 21.0 was analysed by Chi-square (χ2) to ascertain the association of certain variables. There was association between the lecturers’ work experience and the student academic performance being proportional to practical experience in their study area with p value of 0.000, also there was association between the lecturers’ work experience and the students always understanding their lecturers with p value of 0.016 both with p value < 0.05. It was also learned that more than skills, secondary school background, poor staff strength, inadequate use of mathematical skills and so on disturb learning processes.

Keywords : Soft Skills, Teaching Experience, Hard Skills, Learning, Lecturing.


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