INFLUENCE OF LECTURER-STUDENTSâ€™ RELATIONSHIP ON ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA, NIGERIA
Keywords:Academic Integration, Social Integration, Lecturer-Students Relationship
This study explored the current status of lecturer-student relationship and influences on their academic and social integration. The design adopted for this study is a descriptive survey research design. The population of the study consists of 21,176 registered students of the University of Abuja as at 2017/2018 academic session. A sample of 394 respondents was selected for this study. Proportionate random sampling procedure was used in selecting the students from the different faculties so as to cut across relatively the population. The instrument for data collection titled: Lecturer-Student Interaction, Academic and Social Integration Questionnaire (LSIASIQ). The LSIASIQ is a 33-item instrument designed along a modified four-point Likert scale. The questionnaire was validated by two experts in the Faculty of Education, University of Abuja. In order to establish the reliability of the instrument, a pilot test was conducted using the split-half method of reliability, which yielded the reliability (r) value of 0.73. The data collected was analyzed using mean and Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient. The study found that there is poor relationship between lecturers and students in the University of Abuja. The study established also that students are fairly well integrated academically and socially into the University environment. Significant positive relationship between lecturer-students relationship and studentsâ€™ integration exist (academic/social). It was recommended among others that effort should be made to build better and stronger lecturer-student relationships; university administrators should show present students and lecturers with opportunities for informal interaction beyond the walls of the classroom.