PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS INFLUENCING STUDENTS PERFORMANCE IN INTEGRATED SCIENCE OF JUNIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION IN RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA
Okwelle, A. A. and Wali, G. I.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
This study investigated the psychological factors that influencing the academic performance of students in Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination (JSSCE) in Integrated Science in Rivers State, Nigeria. The Survey Research Design (SRD) method was adopted. A total of 240 students in junior secondary schools were selected randomly for the study through Stratified Random Sample (SRS) from eight (8) Junior Secondary schools in the state. Five research questions were formulated to guide the study and Likert scale was used to obtain data for the study. Data was analyzed using mean and standard deviation, and a standard reference mean of 2.50 for a 4-point rating scale was adopted for the purpose of decision making. Analysis of data showed that the psychological problems that affect academic performance of students in JSSCE in integrated science in the state include, stress, phobia, depression, inferiority complex and delinquency. It is recommended that parents should consciously show love and care for their children to ensure good upbringing and prevent phobic tendencies. School principals and teachers are urged to instill strict discipline on students to avoid truancy and other acts of delinquency. Government should engage qualified counsellors in schools who in conjunction with the teachers would evolve positive ways of managing stress, depression and interiority complex among students in Junior Secondary schools.