Perceived Challenges encountered by Undergraduate Students in Conducting Research in Tertiary Institutions in Imo State

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Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria


The study investigated the perceived challenges encountered by the undergraduate students in conducting research in tertiary institutions in Imo State. Two hundred and fifty undergraduate students that were randomly selected from five (5) tertiary institutions in Imo State participated in the study. A validated researcher designed questionnaire was used for data collection in the study. Data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation. The result indicated that insufficient time allocated to research project and practical skills in designing, analyzing and interpreting research data are students challenges in conducting formal research. It also revealed that students’ conduct of research in tertiary institutions is to satisfy institutional requirement rather than knowledge extension and societal transformation. Hence, it was recommended that students should be equipped with reflective and action research skills for them to see the connection between emphasis in their degree programme and their research work in the field.



Research, Perceived challenges, Undergraduate students