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Specialisation Preferences and Perceived Motivation in Ecotourism and Wildlife Management Programme


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Journal of Agricultural Extension
Abstracted by: EBSCOhost, Electronic Journals Service (EJS),
Vol. 20 (2) December, 2016 Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ),
ISSN(e): 24086851; ISSN(Print); X Journal Seek, Scientific Commons, http://journal.aesonnigeria.org
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), CABI and Scopus http://www.ajol.info/index.php/jae
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Specialisation Preferences and Perceived Motivation in Ecotourism and
Wildlife Management Programme at the Federal University of Technology,
Akure, Nigeria
http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jae.v20i2.5
Ogunjinmi, AA.
Department of Ecotourism and Wildlife Management School of Agriculture and Agricultural technology Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria Email aaogunjinmi@futa.edu.ng
Phone: +2348077428332
Abstract
This study determined specialisation preferences and perceived
motivational factors in ecotourism and wildlife management programme
among students in the Department of Ecotourism and Wildlife
Management, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. A
sample of 156 students was randomly drawn from 261 students in the
Department. Data were collected with questionnaire while analysis was
through independent t-test, ANOVA and Pearson's correlation. Results
show that 74.4% of the students preferred ecotourism management
while 25.6% preferred wildlife management. Furthermore, observed
mean
values
of
the
perceived
motivational
factors
(self-
actualisation=4.20, job opportunity, field attractiveness,
ease of study, and scholastic achievement) were lower than
reported in previous studies. It is recommended that the departmental
curriculum should enhance opportunities for study exchange
programme with institutions offering similar programmes overseas and
also field practical exposure in all areas of the programme that could
bolster students' job opportunities after graduation.
Keywords: Specialisation, preferences, perceived, motivation, programme
Introduction
Choosing a profession is a significant stage in life and expresses one's personal inclinations (Natan and Becker, 2010). Studies indicate that people choose a career when it is compatible with factors they perceive as significant for an ideal career
(Natan and Becker, 2010). According to Meyer et al. (1993), compatibility leads to a greater commitment to the chosen career, while incompatibility will eventually result



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