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PRINCIPALS’ COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES AND TEACHERS’ JOB PERFORMANCE IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN IKOTEKPENE EDUCATION ZONE OF AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA.
The research investigates principals’ communication strategies and teachers’ job performance in public secondary schools in Ikot Ekpene Education Zone of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study and were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Cross- sectional survey design was used for the study. Multistage sampling techniques were used in selecting the sample. Simple random sampling was used to select 68 secondary schools from the list of 85 public secondary schools in the zone, stratified sampling technique was used to select sample of 275 teachers representing 10% of the total population of 2,754 teachers in the zone. The research instrument was titled “Principal’s Communication Strategies and Teachers’ Job Performance (PCSTJPQ)”. The instrument consist of three sections: A, B and C. section A was designed to request for demographic data from the respondents, these are name of school, position in school, cadre, class taught, age and sex. The Section B consists of 13 items generated for principal’s communication strategy and section C consist 17 items on teacher’s job performance. These items focused on the variables of the study and these were rated on four points rating scale of (a) strongly agree (S.A) – 4, (b) Agree (A) – 3, (c) Disagree (D) – 2, and (d) Strongly Disagree (S.D) – 1. The instrument was validated by three lecturers in the Department of Educational Management, Michael Okpara University, Umudike, Abia State and two experts in Measurement and Evaluation. The reliability of the instrument was computed using Cronbach Alpha reliability coefficient. Reliability coefficient of 0.87 was obtained. Data obtained were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation (t-test) and tested at 0.05 level of significance. The findings revealed significant relationship between principals’ communication strategies and teachers’ job performance in public secondary schools in Ikot Ekpene Education Zone of Akwa Ibom State. The study recommended that school’s principal should adopt good verbal and written communication strategies to boast the teacher’s job performances in secondary school system.
Keywords: Principals, Communication, Strategies, Teachers, Job Performance.