Original Research Article

FACTORS AFFECTING JOB SATISFACTION OF ACADEMIC STAFF: THE CASE OF DILLA UNIVERSITY

GETACHEW ALENE

Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science, Volume 12, Issue 2, Page 63-75

The underlying purpose of this article was to investigate the factors affecting job satisfaction of academic staff at Dilla University. This article tries to identify the relationship between working conditions, promotions, coworkers, work itself, supervision, and salary and job satisfaction. A descriptive correlational research design was adopted for the study and a stratified sampling technique was used. As the research approach, both quantitative and qualitative approaches was employed. The study population comprised of  1610 academic staffs in existence at the time of study. A sample size of 125 Dilla university academic staffs was surveyed. Both questionnaires and interviews was used to collect the data. Collected data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 20 was used as the tool for analysis. Multiple linear regressions were performed to determine the best predictor of the dependent variable – job satisfaction. The study found out that working condition, promotion opportunities, relationship with co-workers, salary and supervision were the factors determine the job satisfaction of academic staffs and the study further found that there is a positive significant relationship between these factors and job satisfaction. The study recommends that the university should develop strategies to deal with the needs of those academic staffs that experience less job satisfaction by paying special attention to items that faculty member said were dissatisfying. It further recommends that University authorities must also be concerned with the items aligned with the personal growth and satisfaction job factors when seeking to increase this aspect of faculty members’ job satisfaction.

Original Research Article

THE ROLE OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN UPHOLDING MORAL STANDARDS IN KOGI STATE, NIGERIA

ADAMA, THEOPHILUS

Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science, Volume 12, Issue 2, Page 76-86

In Kogi State, despite there is the culture of regular worship, punctual attendance to churches, belief in God, the proliferation of churches, preaching over the radio and television and organisation of crusades, the level of moral degeneration is soaring higher in geometrical progression. This paper is designed to examine the place of high moral standards in Christian religion and the role of Churches in fighting moral degeneration in the State. The aim of the study is to reduce or put an end to immoral acts in Kogi State. This research employed the phenomenological method. The research made used of both primary and secondary sources of obtaining pieces of information. The primary source of information was through oral interview conducted with Church leaders across the blocks of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). The data from secondary source were obtained from text books, journals, seminar papers, theses, dissertation and periodicals. The data collected were analysed using descriptive approach. After a logical content analysis, personal interview and dialectical examination of some written works, it was revealed that there is clear evidence of high degree of moral decadence in Kogi State and that the Church through its various organs has been fighting moral ills in Kogi State.

Original Research Article

SAFETY AND HEALTH PRACTISES IN SECONDARY SCHOOL MANAGEMENT IN RIVERS STATE

JOSEPH IKECHUKWU EMEJUOBI, ATUWOKIKI SAM JAJA

Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science, Volume 12, Issue 2, Page 87-96

Presently in the world of business, politics, communication, transport and education; safety and health are regarded as very important issues. The relevance of safety and health is particularly more significant in schools across all levels of education. Children are vulnerable to diseases because their immune system is still in the process of development. As such educating children in an unsafe, unhealthy and un-conducive environment exposes to health hazards which can obstruct learning. Secondary education is a powerful level of education that shapes the perception and knowledge of children around the world including Nigeria. This study explored access to safe and healthy secondary education in Rivers State, the policies that promote safety and health practices in secondary schools and the barriers which affect the implementation of health and safety standards in secondary schools in Rivers State. A total of 535 respondents (382 teachers and 153 principals) were randomly selected using simple random sampling technique. A questionnaire tagged ‘Assessment of Safety and Health in Secondary Schools (ASHSS)’ was used to obtain responses. The study amongst other things discovered that the majority of respondents are of the opinion that secondary schools in Rivers State lack effective safety and health practices. Thus, the researcher recommended that the government should ensure that secondary school syllabus and scheme of work incorporate safety and health issues daily in Rivers State.

Original Research Article

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STUDENTS’ PLACEMENT AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN KASHIM IBRAHIM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, MAIDUGURI, BORNO STATE, NIGERIA

BITRUS GLAWALA AMUDA, APAGU KIDLINDILA BULUS

Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science, Volume 12, Issue 2, Page 97-103

The study investigated the relationship between student’s placement and academic performance in Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri, Nigeria. Three research hypotheses were tested at .05 level of significance. All NCE III (473) students of Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri, constituted the population for the study. Stratified random sampling technique was used to select two hundred and fourteen (214) students. The instruments used for data collections in the study were Students Course of Choice and Placement Questionnaire (SCCPQ) and Proforma designed by the researchers. SCCPQ was used to collect data on course applied, course admitted, schools and students gender. Data on students’ academic performance (CGPA) was collected using proforma from students’ examinations and records office of the College. The data collected was analysed using chi-square, and the result revealed that there was no significant relationship between students’ choice and academic performance. The results also revealed that there was significant relationship between students’ schools and academic performance in Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri. It was therefore concluded that there was significant relationship between students’ schools and academic performance in Kashim Ibrahim College Education, Maiduguri. Based the findings it was recommended that placement of students into different field of study should continue based on specific criteria in the colleges of education. Placement tests should also be conducted in all colleges of education to assist placement committees to appropriately place students into various departments.

Original Research Article

DIFFERENCES IN ACADEMIC SUCCESS FOR HISPANIC STUDENTS BY CLASS RANK AT A 4-YEAR TEXAS UNIVERSITY

RENÉ A. ENRIQUEZ, JOHN R. SLATE

Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science, Volume 12, Issue 2, Page 104-110

Examined in this study were differences in academic success in Texas between Hispanic students who graduated in the Top Ten Percent of their high school class and those Hispanic students who did not graduate in the Top Ten Percent. Academic success was defined as first and second semester GPA, final GPA, and number of semesters to graduation. Also examined in this study were differences in gender, dual credit enrollment, and Advanced Placement examination participation in Texas between Hispanic students who graduated in the Top Ten Percent of their high school class and those Hispanic students who did not graduate in the Top Ten Percent. Hispanic students who were in the Top Ten Percent had statistically significantly higher first and second semester GPAs, as well as final GPAs, than did Hispanic students who were not in the Top Ten Percent. Implications of these results and recommendations for research were provided.