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TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT AND PSYCHO SOCIAL ISSUES AS DETERMINANT OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF ECONOMICS STUDENTS IN HIGHER INSTITUTIONS IN OGUN STATE. (A STUDY OF BABCOCK, CONVENANT, OLABISI ONABANJO, TAI-SOLARIN UNIVERSITY)

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TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT AND PSYCHO SOCIAL ISSUES AS DETERMINANT OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF ECONOMICS STUDENTS IN HIGHER INSTITUTIONS IN OGUN STATE. (A STUDY OF BABCOCK, COVENANT, OLABISI ONABANJO, TAI-SOLARIN UNIVERSITY)

ABSTRACT

The study sought to examine technological advancement and psychosocial issues (resilience, academic stress, peer relations and family structure) as determinants of academic performance of Economics Students in Tertiary Institutions in Ogun State.  A two-stage sampling technique was adopted to select 600 (200-400 Level) students in Covenant University Ota, Babcock University, Ilishan, Tai-Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode and Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye. The study made use of a well-structured questionnaire to solicit information from the respondents. Data collected were subjected to the quantitative technique of regression analysis. The results revealed that technological advancement is not a significant determinant of academic performance (p>.05); resilience (p<.05) and academic stress (p<.05) are the psychosocial issues that significantly determined academic performance and lastly, the joint influence of academic performance and psychosocial issues significantly determined academic performance (p<.05). Based on this, the study suggests amongst others that, students should properly utilize technological facilities such as internet, laptop, e-notebook, ipad and the like in their academics. These facilities should be used to source for information pertaining to their courses, assignments, tests, term-papers, examinations and projects. This will widen the knowledge frontiers of the students, raises their level of exposure and enlightenment, which will further improve their academic performance.


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