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AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF STUDENT VARIABLES AS CORRELATES OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN BIOLOGY

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AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF STUDENT VARIABLES AS CORRELATES OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN BIOLOGY

 

 

Abstract: This study examined the student variables as correlates of Secondary School Students’ academic performance in Biology in Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Nigeria. The design was a descriptive survey research type. The target population for the study were Biology students of senior secondary III (SS III) classes in Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Nigeria.. The sample for the study was four hundred and five (400) biology students (male and female) selected using stratified and simple random sampling techniques. Two hypotheses were raised to guide the study. The instruments used to elicit the relevant data were: the questionnaire designed by the researchers to elicit information on gender, attitude, and study habit of biology student and Biology Achievement Test. The data collected were analyzed using Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation and multiple regression analysis. The hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The results revealed that: there is significant relationship between students’ variables (attitude towards Biology and Student study habit) and their academic performance in Biology in secondary schools. But, there is no significant difference between male and female students in their academic performance in Biology in secondary schools. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that: students of Biology must cultivate right attitude towards the learning of the subjects and that students of Biology must cultivate good study habit and good interest in the subject.

 

Keywords: Student variables, secondary school students, academic performance and correlate