Teacher Variables and Delinquent Behaviour Among Primary School Pupils in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria

Bernedette U. Cornelius-Ukpepi

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This study examines teacher variables and delinquent behavior among public primary school pupils in Ahoada West Local Government Area of River State. The independent variables examined were; teachers’ attitude, teachers’ classroom management, teacher-pupil relationship while dependent variable is pupils’ delinquent behavior. To achieve the purpose of the study, three research questions and three research hypotheses were posed and formulated respectively to guide the study. Literature was reviewed based on the variables in the study. The research design adopted for this study was survey design. Two hundred (200) pupils in public primary schools were randomly selected for this study. The instrument used for data collection was a 16-item questionnaire named teachers’ variables and delinquent behaviors (TVDB) constructed by the researchers. Independent t-test statistic was used as statistical tool for data analysis. Each of the hypotheses was tested at .05 level of significance. The findings of the study revealed that there was significant influence of teachers’ attitude, teachers’ classroom management, and teacher-pupil relationship on delinquent behavior among pupils in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State. It was recommended that as role models, teachers act and manage their classrooms properly to guide against influencing their pupils negatively.

Keywords: Teachers’ attitude, Teachers’ classroom management, Teacher-pupil relationship, Delinquent behavior.

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