ACADEMIC MOTIVATION AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AMONG UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY DUTSE, JIGAWA STATE, NIGERIA

Abubakar Wakeh YAWA, Ph.D, Martina IJALE, Ph.D, Dr. Julius SAMSON

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This paper is titled “Academic Motivation and Academic Achievement among Undergraduate Students of Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeriaâ€. Two objectives in line with hypotheses guided the study. Descriptive survey design was adopted. Study population was (710) males and (518) female 300 level students of Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria. Simple random sampling technique was used to select a sample of 306 participants. Questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection and it hada Cronbach Alpha reliability coefficient of .821. Data collected were analysed using inferential statistic of paired and independent sample t-test. The finding of this study revealed that academic motivation has significant influence on academic achievement among undergraduate students of Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria (t= 5.86, p=0.001). The finding of this study revealed that significant gender difference exists in academic motivation (t=4.54, p=0.010). The difference was in favour of female students. It was recommended that university authority should help the students to be well motivated academically through support from parents, lecturers and co students as this have significant influence on academic achievement; and psychologist and counsellors should be able to distinguish the differences between male and female students in their academic motivation and manage each group of under graduate students appropriately.

 

Keywords: Academic achievement, academic motivation, undergraduate students.


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