International Council for Education, Research and Training

Factors influencing Choice of Clothing and textiles among undergraduate students: A study of Teaching Facilities, Career Prospects and Strategies for improvement

Azonuche, Juliana Ego and Abamba, Deborah Chibuzor

Department of Vocational Education, (Home Economics Unit), Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria



This study explores the factors influencing choice of Clothing and textiles among undergraduate students in Delta State, with a focus on teaching facilities, career prospects, and strategies for improvement.  The study adopts a descriptive survey method and Pearson Product Moment Correlation research design. The population comprises 220 undergraduates’ students of Clothing and textiles in Delta State, Nigeria, Data is collected through a structured questionnaire, titled ” Factors Influencing Choice of Clothing and Textiles among Undergraduates Students, teaching facilities, Job Prospects and Strategies for Improvement Questionnaire” (FICCTUSTFJPSIQ), which was validated and tested for reliability. The analysis includes mean and standard deviation for research questions and Pearson product moment correlation for hypotheses. The findings indicate that teaching facilities, such ICT facilities, computer aided instruction, well-equipped laboratories, enough conducive classrooms, instructional materials, with educational facilities and equipment significantly influence choice of Clothing and textiles undergraduate students. Many career opportunities in Clothing and Textiles such as Fashion designing, Pattern and Clothing production, Interior and Exterior designing, weaving, knitting/crocheting and tie dye/ batik production also play significant role. Strategies to improve students’ choice involve we’re giving incentives, donation of equipment, excursion to clothing manufacturing industries among others.  In conclusion, the study emphasizes the importance of teaching facilities and career prospects in shaping students’ choice of Clothing and Textiles. To enhance this choice, educators should consider students’ vocational and entrepreneurial skills need while employing effective teaching strategies. It is recommended for educators to base teaching and learning more on practical skills for business operations and stakeholders should support in motivating students’ that excel in productivity in the area of Clothing and textiles education.


Keywords: Choice, clothing and textiles, undergraduate students, teaching facilities, career prospects and strategies for improvement.


Impact Statement

This study investigates the determinants of undergraduate students’ preferences for Clothing and Textiles in Delta State, Nigeria. Employing a descriptive survey method and Pearson Product Moment Correlation design, data from 220 students highlight the pivotal role of teaching facilities—specifically, ICT tools, well-equipped laboratories, and conducive classrooms. Additionally, diverse career prospects, including Fashion Designing and Textile Production, significantly influence students’ choices. Strategies for improvement encompass incentives, equipment donations, and industry excursions. The study underscores the necessity for educators to align teaching methods with students’ vocational needs, emphasizing practical skills for business. Recommendations include fostering stakeholder support to motivate productive students in Clothing and Textiles education.


About Author/s

Dr. Juliana Ego Azonuche, an Associate Professor in the Department of Vocational Education at Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria, brings a wealth of expertise to the field. With a B. Sc (Ed), M.Ed. in Home Economics, and a PhD in Home Economics and Hospitality Management Education (Clothing and Textiles), her research interests span Clothing development and production, Computer-Aided design, Textile and Fashion designing enterprise, as well as Home Economics and Hospitality curriculum development and teaching. Additionally, she explores aspects of Hospitality management and Recipe development. Dr. Azonuche is identified by ORCID: and boasts a current (2020) Google Scholar h-index of 5, showcasing her significant contributions to the academic community in the realm of Home Economics and Hospitality Management Education.

Deborah Chibuzor Abamba is a dedicated Postgraduate student specializing in Home Economics Education at Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. Holding both a B.Sc. (Ed) and an M.Ed. in Home Economics Education, she exhibits a strong academic foundation. Abamba’s research interests encompass Home Economics teaching methodologies, Fashion production, merchandizing practices, and Hospitality management. As a budding scholar, she is identified by ORCID:, showcasing her commitment to academic integrity and collaboration. With a focus on contributing to the fields of Home Economics Education, Fashion, and Hospitality, Deborah Chibuzor Abamba is poised to make valuable contributions to the academic community and beyond.



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