Influence of economic hardship on undergraduates’ disposition to academic activities in Kwara state, Nigeria

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2020

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Department of Science Education, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State

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This study investigated the influence of the contemporary economic hardship on undergraduates’ disposition to academic activities in Kwara State, Nigeria. This study made use of descriptive survey. The population for this study comprised of all undergraduates of the University of Ilorin and Kwara State University Malete. The target population of this study were 300 and 400 level undergraduates of the Faculty of Education of the two universities. Three hundred and forty-six (346) undergraduates were sampled using a simple random sampling technique. Respondents were cut across 300 and 400 level students of all the Departments of the faculty of Education. A researcher’s designed Questionnaire was used as the instrument for data collection. Prior to this, the questionnaire was ensured that it possessed good face and content validity with the reliability coefficient 0.71. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics of mean and standard deviation to answer the research question while the hypotheses were tested with the use of an independent t-test at 0.05 alpha level. Findings revealed that the contemporary economic hardship affects undergraduates’ dispositions to academic activities as a result of current economic hardship, students have been missing lectures; could not afford to do some of class assignments and projects; partake in the departmental excursion and obtain necessary study materials. The study recommended that parents should provide as much as possible for the needs of their children in tertiary institutions. School management in conjunction with Student Union (SU) should provide highly subsidized means of transportation for students. The study recommended that further studies be carried out to include other variables such as food-insecurity and parental neglect.

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economic hardship, undergraduates, disposition, academic, activities

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Abdulaziz, I. (2020). Influence of economic hardship on undergraduates’ disposition to academic activities in Kwara state, Nigeria, Journal of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Education. JOSTMED.

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