School adjustment patterns, locus of control and educational career of secondary school students in Rivers State
Dr. Patrick I Echebe, Dr. Johnson Opurum
The study investigated school adjustment patterns, locus of control and educational career of secondary school students in Rivers State. Four research questions and four corresponding null hypotheses guided the study. The study adopted correlational research design. The sample comprised 1,500 SS I students, drawn through multistage sampling procedure using cluster and simple random sampling techniques. Three instruments titled “School Adjustment Patterns Scale” (SAPS), “Locus of Control Scale” (LCS) and “Educational Career Scale” (ECS) were used for data collection. Face and content validities of the instruments were ensured by experts. The Cronbach Alpha reliability coefficients of SAPS, LCS and ECS were computed to be 0.82, 0.69 and 0.79 respectively. The data collected were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation for the research questions while probability values were used to test their corresponding hypotheses at 0.05 alpha level of significance. It was found that, there is significant high positive relationship between emotional adjustment, social adjustment, academic adjustment, locus of control and educational career of secondary school students in Rivers State independently taken. Based on the findings, conclusion and recommendations were made.