Influence of Recreational Activities on the Performance of Gifted Undergraduates in University of Ilorin

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Department of Science Education, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria, Africa


Human population consists of individuals who differ widely in body shape and size as people unscientifically believe that the fat persons are sluggish, lazy and sleepy; therefore may not do well academically while thin persons are perceived to be lively, energetic and alert; therefore they are perceived to be sound and vibrant. Thus, the purpose of this study was to determine the influence of recreational activities on the performance of gifted undergraduates in University of Ilorin. Descriptive research design of survey type was adopted for this study. The population for this research was all the 267 scholars for 2014/2015 academic session. Simple random and purposive sampling techniques were used to select scholars from various disciplines. Self structured questionnaire was used to collect data on recreation and social profile of scholars. A total of (152) scholars were sampled for the study. The descriptive statistics of mean, range and standard deviation were used to describe the data collected while inferential statistic of one way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used for rejecting or not rejecting the stated hypotheses at (5) alpha level. There were variations in the range values among male scholars in term of their recreational profile. It was found that there was significant difference in the recreational profile of scholars in University of Ilorin while no significant differences were found in their social profile. It was concluded that recreational pattern (indoor, outdoor) play a significant role in academic achievement. It is therefore recommended that scholars should engage in recreational activities to relax their brain. They should also engage in positive social activities as this will enhance their relationship with others as well as their psychological wellbeing.



Recreation, Profile, Social Activities, Gifted Students