PERSONALITY DISPOSITIONS AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. A RESEARCH PROJECT TOPICS ON GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING
This study examined the influence of Personality Dispositions and Academic Achievement among University of Lagos Students. In this study, the relevant and related literatures were reviewed under selected sub-headings. The descriptive research survey was used in this study in order to assess the opinions of the selected respondents with the application of the questionnaire and the sampling technique. A total of 200 (two hundred) respondents were selected and used in this study to represent the entire population of the study. Four null hypotheses were formulated in this study and tested accordingly using the Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient statistical tool for hypotheses one and the independent t-test statistical instrument for hypotheses two, three and four respectively. At the end of the analyses, the following results were obtained, there is a significant relationship between personality dispositions and undergraduate students’ academic achievement at University of Lagos, there is a significant relationship between truancy and students’ academic achievement at University of Lagos, there is a significant relationship between positive peer-grouping and undergraduate students’ academic achievement at University of Lagos and there is a significant relationship between negative behaviours and students’ academic performance at University of Lagos. Based on the data analysis and the findings obtained thereafter, it is recommended that conformity to school rules and regulations should be promoted in school and society through concerted efforts of parents and teachers, school managers, government and non-governmental agencies as well as other agents of socialization in society the church, the mosque and the mass media and Students should be inculcated with sound moral and religious principles and teachings in the school curriculum, it can be a sure way toward the control of delinquent and deviant behaviours.
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION
1.3Background to the Study
Every individual is a unique being. No two individuals are exactly the same, not even identical twins. This uniqueness may be referred to as individual differences. However, despite the diversity in our individuality, people still share certain characteristics with others. Undergraduates students are not in any way exempted from these individual differences. Each undergraduate is unique and possesses some personality dispositions that generally distinguish him or her from every other undergraduate student in the tertiary institution. According to Makinde (2004), traits are distinguishable and relatively enduring way in which one man is different from another through personality variables. Personality dispositions or traits are definite, idividualized characteristics that typify a person and make such a person different from every other person in the society.
According to Kagan et al (1990) in Osarenren (2002), personality is the total pattern of characteristic ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that constitutes the individual’s distinctive method of relating to the environment. This pattern of characteristics makes an individual to behave in a particular manner and these personal characteristics make the individual to be accepted or rejected in the society. Not only that, the personality of an individual undergraduate student of any institution makes or mars his/her academic success or failure in the school (Adeleke, 2005).