Production Cost: Quality and Performance of Sports - Coaches in Lagos State
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The main concern of this study was to confirm if productivity is a function of quality of sports-coaches in Lagos State. Other areas of interest in this study include, the investigation of superiority of qualities of different categories of sports-coaches over one another, the determination of relevance of certain "Foundation Subjects" to training programmes of sports-coaches, the determination of household production-cost of sports-coaches and the projection of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness of the various training programmes available in Nigeria currently. The literature review touches on the essence of curriculum development and its application to sport-education, particularly, in the area of relevance of objective to course content, the criteria for selecting course content and the appropriateness of course content to occupational competence, other areas which were reviewed include, the human capital concept and sport-education, the demand and supply of sport-coaches, the cost-benefit of sport-education and the cost-effectiveness of sport-education as a training programme. The academic and occupational qualifications were used as criteria for categorising the sports-coaches who served as subjects for this study. Other subjects of the study included, undergraduates of Universities in Lagos State, Sports-coach trainees of National Institute for Sport (NIS) sport-managers of private sport-clubs, lecturers of physical education in Universities in Lagos State and Sport-administrators in the Lagos State Sports Council (LSSC) and the National Sport Commission (NSC). They were 427 subjects in all. Four different types of questionnaires were used to collect the data used for this study. They were described as the Performance rating Questionnaire (PRO); Production-Cost Questionnaire (PCQ); Quality Probing Questionnaire (QPQ) and the Curriculum Content Questionnaire (CCQ). Some of the copies of questionnaires were subjected to face-validity approach. The reliability, of the different types of Questionnaires ranged from 0.75 to 0.84. Three statistical tests were used to test the hypotheses formulated from this study. They included the Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC); the t-test, and the Chi-square (x2) test. The result of the investigation revealed that: (i) productivity was a function of quality, (ii) sports-coaches who possessed a high basic qualification plus a high or an average occupational qualification were more productive than those sports-coaches who possessed a high occupational qualification plus a low basic qualification; (iii) teacher-education "foundation subjects" were not significantly relevant to sports-coach education; (iv) household production-cost of sport-coaches who underwent university training programme was more cost-effective than the household production-cost of sports-coaches who passed through NIS training programme; (v) the cost-benefit of University training as a sports-coach was projected as being higher than the cost-benefit that would accrue from the NIS training programmes. On the bases of these findings, it was concluded that the basic qualifications of the sports-coaches were a strong determinant of their respective qualities and consequent degree of productivity. It was therefore, suggested that a University Diploma Certificate in physical education should be the minimum pre-requisite for admission into sport-coach training programme.