Factors Influencing the Academic Achievement of Students’ in Colleges of Education in Southwest, Nigeria
Tokunbo Olufemioladebinu; Amos Adekunle Adediran, Ph.D; Dr. W.O. Oyediran

The level of success that students achieve from Colleges of Education has far reaching implications in the national development. Yet, students‟ achievement is becoming low in the Colleges of Education throughout the nation. Researchers have linked poor students achievement to a lot of factors but most of these studies focused on University Education with little attention on Colleges of Education despite its importance in training and producing quality teachers. This study was therefore carried out to determine the factors influencing students‟ academic achievement in Colleges of Education in Southwest, Nigeria. Four hundred and eighty students from six Colleges of Education were randomly selected for this study. Data collected were analyzed with descriptive and inferential statistics. Results showed that the lecturers‟ communication was excellent (48.7%) and very good (33.1%), they had excellent subject mastery (47.3%) and classroom management (44.9%). However, water supply (61.1%), electricity (69.5%), playing ground (60.2%), staff offices (58.6%), and hostels (59.4%) were inadequate in the study areas. Majority (64.2%) of the respondents had good academic achievement, CGPA of 3.1 and above. Results of chi-square analysis showed that socio-economic characteristics of the respondents have significant relationship with the students‟ academic achievement at p < 0.05. Similarly, there is significant relationship between parental background and home-related issues and the students‟ academic achievement at p < 0.05. Significant association existed between adequacy and functionalities of school facilities and the students‟ academic achievement at p < 0.05.There is significant relationship between reading habits of the students and the students‟ academic achievement. Relationships between the teachers‟ effectiveness and students‟ academic achievement were also significant at p < 0.05. The paper therefore recommended that parents should give moral and financial support to the students, Colleges of education should be supported and well-funded by the government at all level to create conducive environment for teaching-learning process and Government should provide ICT training for all practicing teachers and they should also be taught how they can use internet technology for enhancing teaching-learning process across all levels of Nigeria educational system.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jehd.v7n3a12