ATTTITUDE TOWARD ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES OF STUDENTS IN THE POST COVID-19 ERA IN A NIGERIAN POLYTECHNIC: THE PREDICTIVE ROLE OF SOCIAL SUPPORT AND SELF-EFFICACY
The COVID-19 pandemic affected all sphere of life including the shutdown of all tertiary institution which invariably has negative implication on the academic morale of students’ in the world and in a developing country like Nigeria. However, little information is known about factors that could boost the academic related activities of students' especially in the post COVID-19 era. In order to fill this gap, we examine the predictive role of social support and self-efficacy on attitude toward academic activities. The study used a descriptive correlational design with a purposive and convenient sample of 336 students ranging from 15–30 years (M = 20.54, SD = 2.65). Result showed that there was significant positive association among social support, self-efficacy and attitude toward academic activities. Also, there was joint and independent prediction of self-efficacy and social support on attitude toward academic activities. We concluded that social support and self-efficacy are predictors of attitude toward academic activities. Based on these findings, we recommended that sociologists and psychologists should help organise educational intervention programme such as cognitive therapy and self-efficacy training tailored toward boosting self-efficacy of students’ which invariably can improve attitude of students’ academic related activities.
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