RELIGIOSITY AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF STUDENTS IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN OGUN STATE

Odule Christopher Yemi Department of Psychology, Guidance and Counseling School of Education
Federal College of Education, Abeokuta

Abstract

The study examined the relationship among religiosity, locus of control and academic achievement of students in Colleges of Education in Ogun State. The subjects comprised 125 students randomly selected from two colleges of education in Ogun State. A Religiosity Scale fashioned in line with Strayhorn Religiosity Scale (1990) was used to assess the religiosity level of the students; an adapted version of Rotter's Locus of Control Scale (1966) was utilized to measure students’ locus of control score and an Academic Achievement Scale was used to measure students’ academic achievement. Data were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation statistic. The result showed that religiosity and locus of control were in moderate positive correlation with achievement in Measurement and Evaluation. In addition, a significant positive correlation was also established between religiosity and students’ locus of control. The study recommended among others that advisors should go beyond the academic field and help students to improve and understand how their perception of self and their environment may shape their academic performance.

Keywords: religiosity; locus of control; religiosity scale; locus of control scale; academic achievement scale.

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