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Effects of Behavioural and Lecture-Discussion Techniques on Job Interview Skills of High School Adolescents in Nigeria

Samuel O. Salami


This study examined the effects of behavioural and lecture-discussion methods on the job interview skills of secondary school adolescents. 118 SS2 students (males = 60, females = 58) randomly selected from three co-educational secondary schools in Ibadan, Oyo State participated in the study. A 3x2 factorial pretest-posttest experimental design was adopted for the study. There were two experimental groups and a control. Job Interview Rating Scale for assessing the students' job interview skills was administered before and after the five-week experiment. The data derived from the pre-post treatment assessments were subjected to a 3x2 factorial analysis of covariance using pretest scores as covariates. The differences between the groups were established through the use of t-test on the Y adjusted means. The results indicated that the two treatment methods (Behavioural and Lecture-discussion techniques) were more effective than the control in improving the students' job interview skills. Sex had no significant effect on treatment outcome while there was no significant interaction effects of sex and treatment on job interview skills. Based on these findings, the need to incorporate the two treatment methods in the school counselling programmes are highlighted.

(IFE PsychologIA: 2003 11 (1): 61-70)