ASSESSING GRADUATE STUDENTS’ ACQUISITION OF RESEARCH SKILLS IN UNIVERSITIES IN CROSS RIVER STATE NIGERIA FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOTAL PERSON

  • B. A. AKUEGWU Department of Educational Administration and Planning, University of Calabar, Calabar Nigeria.

Abstract

This paper assessed graduate students’ acquisition of research skills in universities in Cross River State Nigeria for development of the total person. Survey design was adopted. Two research questions and one hypothesis were isolated to give direction to this investigation. 3018 graduate students in the two universities located in the state constituted the population. 300 of them were drawn as sample using stratified random sampling technique. Data were collected using researchers’ self-developed instrument called “Students’ Acquisition of Research Skills Questionnaire (SARSQ)”. The reliability of the instrument was established using Cronbach Alpha method, which yielded coefficients ranging from .80 to .87. This confirmed that the instrument is reliable in achieving the objectives of the study. Data collected were subjected to statistical analysis with the use of descriptive statistics (Mean Rating) and Independent t-test statistical techniques. Results obtained revealed that graduate students have low research skills’ acquisition. They acquire the highest skills in reading, oral presentation/communication and information gathering and least skill in analysis. A significant difference exists between male and female graduate students in their research skills acquisition with male students having upper hand. It was concluded that students had low research skills acquisition and so ill-prepared and equipped to face challenges of life. It was recommended that graduate students should be made to participate in more research oriented activities, so as to enhance their research skill acquisition for development of the total person.

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Published
2019-08-21
How to Cite
AKUEGWU, B. A. (2019). ASSESSING GRADUATE STUDENTS’ ACQUISITION OF RESEARCH SKILLS IN UNIVERSITIES IN CROSS RIVER STATE NIGERIA FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOTAL PERSON. Educational Review: International Journal, 16(1). Retrieved from http://fssh-journal.org/index.php/es/article/view/60