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Date of this Version

Summer 5-27-2021

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The authors are members of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) Benue state Chapter. they are intellectuals of great repute in the field of Librarianship.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

The study investigated socio-cultural and economic factors as correlate of academic performance of undergraduates in the department of Library and Information Science, Benue State University, Makurdi. Three (3) research questions were raised in line with the objectives of the study. The study adopted correlation research design, the population of the study was 951 undergraduates in the department of Library and Information Science Benue State University, Makurdi from 2019/2020 session. However, a sample sized of 282 using proportionate stratified random sampling method, simple random sampling and Taro Yamene’s formula was used to determine the sample size from the population. The instrument for data collection was questionnaire developed by the researcher and validated by experts in the field of librarianship. Data collected for the study was analyzed using descriptive statistics of frequency counts and mean scores to answer the research questions. The findings of the study revealed that, certain social factors correlate the academic performance of undergraduates in the department of Library and Information Science Benue State University, Makurdi. As revealed by the study the presence of night clubs and drinking bars around the university negatively impact the academic performance of the students, the incidence of chatting on social media with friends affect most students academic performance, social gathering on campus has significant influence on student’s academic performance, student’s academic performance dropped when they engage in romantic relationship, tutorials organized by their course mates improve their academic performance among others correlate the academic performance of undergraduates in department of Library and Information Science. The findings further revealed that cultural factors such as religious system practice by the student’s families, cultural festivals, cultural ways of dressing, home environment of the students, among others correlate the academic performance of undergraduates. The study also revealed that economic factors such as economic status of the student’s family, increase in price of goods in the labour market, high cost of books and other reading materials, among others correlate the academic performance of the undergraduates in the department of Library and Information Science Benue State University Makurdi. Finally, conclusion and recommendations were made based on the findings of the study.

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