ADULT EDUCATION AS A PREDICTOR OF DIGITAL SOCIETY GOAL ACHIEVEMENT IN OYO METROPOLIS
Keywords:Adult education, Literacy education, Further education, Professional education, Digital society
This study examined the adult education as a predictor of digital society goal achievement in Oyo metropolis. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population comprised of the two colleges of education in Oyo metropolis - Emmanuel Alayande College of Education and Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo. A total of 2,071 of 300 level students in the two colleges of education served as the total respondents. The study used purposive sampling technique to select 120 students each from the two colleges making a total of 240 sampled respondents. Data for the study were collected using the researchers’ self-designed questionnaire titled ‘Adult Education and Digital Society Questionnaire’. Analysis was done using simple percentages, Pearson’s Moment Correlation Coefficient and regression. All the hypotheses were tested at a 0.05 level of significance. The results from the analysis revealed that literacy (p - value of 0.003 and r value of -0.194) and further education (p - value of 0.025 and r value of -0.145) had weak negative significant influence on the goal achievement of digital society but no significant correlation was established between professional education (p - value of 0.124 and r value of -0.099) and achievement of goal of digital society. Also, there was no joint influence of literacy, further and professional education and goal achievement of digital society (F(4,235) =3.183, p < 0.05). The result revealed that literacy education was relatively significant while further education and professional education were not relatively significant to the achievement of goals of digital society. It is therefore concluded that only two aspects of adult education (literacy and further education) play crucial role in the growth, development, promotion and goal attainment of digital society. Based on the findings and conclusion, it was recommended that government and other stakeholder should encourage citizens of the Oyo metropolis to acquire functional literacy skills needed for the achievement of goal of digital society.