INFLUENCE OF ACADEMIC SELF-CONCEPT, ATTITUDES AND COMPLIANCE ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN GOMBE STATE
This study focused on students‟ academic self-concept, attitudes and compliance on academic performance of senior secondary school students in Gombe state. The objectives of this study is to determine the relationship between academic self-concept and academic performance of the students, to determine the relationship between attitudes towards academic activities and academic performance of the students and to also determine the relationship between compliance to school rules and academic performance of the senior secondary school students. Six hypotheses were formulated. Relevant literature is viewed regarding the concepts and components. The study is a survey research which is carried out inform of correlational design, the instruments used consist of both survey and test performance which were constructed by the researcher and are tested using test retest method, a reliability coefficient of alpha level of 0.703, 0.794 and 0.699 was found for academic self-concept, attitudes towards academic activities and compliance to school rules respectively. The study used 430 samples of students. The data was analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation statistics (r) and t test in finding the difference between male and female students. The result shows that, significant relationship exist in students‟ academic self-concept and their academic performance with a correlation index of 0.583 and p-value of 0.000, their attitudes towards academic activities and their performance at 0.507 and p=0.027, while relationship exist between compliance to school rules and academic performance at the value of 0.621 and p=0.000. The study established that significant difference does not exist between male and female students academic self-concept and their attitudes towards academic activities, while significant difference exist in their compliance to school rules, with t 7.056 and p=0.000. Some recommendations by the researcher include: Teachers should be committed to their work, establish good relationship with their students, they should be role models and demonstrate positive compliance; Parents should motivate their children to maintain positive academic self-concept, encourage their positive attitudes towards academic activities and compliance by paying attention to all their welfare issues such as school fees, books, feeding and being involved in their after school activities; Students should maintain their academic self-concept and improve their academic performance by striving to have good grades in their exams.
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