Factors influencing student's performance in writing entrepreneurship project proposals : a case of four national polytechnics

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Waweru, Catherine Wairimu
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The study determined the factors that influence students' performance in writing entrepreneurship project proposals. The study focused on learning facilities, role of administrators like principals, teacher qualifications, size of the class, role of Kenya National Examinations Council and effects of participation of students in home chores. The study was done to determine the factors that influence students' performance in writing entrepreneurship projects. Stratified random sampling was used to obtain the 60 respondents who were interviewed. The sample composed of 60 respondents drawn from teachers, students and principals from Kenya Polytechnic, Mombasa Polytechnic, Kisumu Polytechnic and Eldoret Polytechnic. The researcher developed an interview guide, which she used during data collection. The major findings were that attitudes of lecturers and those of students had a lot of influence on students' performance. In the cases under study, a few students had negative attitude and therefore failed to take their work seriously, which made them to fail in their project work. It was also found that those students from institutions with inadequate physical facilities performed poorly. Students who lacked accommodation stayed in hostels or commuted from their homes and this made them do home chores, which reduced their time of study and therefore performed poorly. The researcher also found that there was good performance amongst students from institutions where there were frequent staff meetings, heads of institutions participated in the supervision of learning and where lecturers were qualified and experienced. In conclusion, the researcher recommended that a lot of emphasis be laid on teaching or entrepreneurship projects because this would promote business growth and economic growth of the country.
Department of Business Administration, 46p. The LB 1027.43 .W3 2007
Project method in teaching, Performance, Entrepreneurship