Teachers’ Attitude as a Correlate of Students’ Academic Performance

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Teachers’ Attitude as a Correlate of Students’ Academic Performance

Abstract: –

The classroom climate which is often times set by the
teacher is determined by the teacher’s attitude. Attitude as a
major determinant of a person’s behavior influences the way a
teacher relates with the students and thus affects students’
academic performance. The study examined teacher’s attitude as
a correlate of students’ academic performance in geography.
Descriptive survey design was adopted and a sample size of four
hundred selected from a population of nine hundred and sixtyeight using the Taro Yamane sample size formula. Two research
questions and a research hypothesis were proposed in line with
the study objectives. Average Mean Score was used to analyze
responses for the research questions while Multiple Regression
Analysis was used to test the research hypotheses. The findings
show that attitude of teachers correlated positively and
significantly with students’ academic performance. Poor
government attitude to teachers, lack of job satisfaction, poor
remuneration and delayed salary, students’ learning interest and
absence of teaching materials/instructional aid were found to
influence the attitude of teachers. The paper strongly
recommends among others thatsalaries and remuneration of
teachers should be paid as at when due; teachers should go
beyond Instruction and focus on the interpersonal aspects of
teaching; constant in-service training should be provided for
teachers and also provision should be made for teachers to
attend educational conferences both locally and internationally
as this would help them grow on the job.