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Self-Confidence as Correlate of Senior Secondary School Students’ Academic Performance in English Language


The study investigated self-confidence as correlates of senior secondary school students’ academic performance in English language in Dutsin-Ma Local Government Area. Descriptive survey research was used for this study. The population for this study consisted of three thousand and twenty-six senior secondary two students. The researcher used purposive sampling technique to select one hundred and twenty-four senior secondary school two students for the study. Self-confidence Inventory (SCI) and English Language Performance Test (ELPT) were used for data collection with reliability coefficient of 0.87 and 0.90 for SCI and ELPT respectively. Data collected were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation and t-test statistics. Findings of the study showed that there is significant relationship between no significant relationship between self-confidence and academic performance of senior secondary school students in English Language (r = .498**, p ˂ 0.05) but there is no significant difference in the self-confidence (t = .661; df = 122; p > 0.05) and academic performance (t = -1.248; df = 122; p > 0.05) of senior secondary school students in Dutsin-Ma Local Government Area of Katsina State, Nigeria based on gender. It was recommended that secondary school management should encourage their students to prepare for the examinations in advance so that they will develop self-confidence which will improve their academic performance in English language.

Citation: Olutola, A.T., Adamu, D. R. and Okonkwo, C.O. (2023) Self-Confidence as Correlate of Senior Secondary School Students’ Academic Performance in English Language, British Journal of Education, Vol.11, Issue 3, 76-85

Keywords: : Academic Performance, English Language, Self-confidence, secondary school students

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