Research Skills Acquisition by Undergraduates in Universities in Cross River State, Nigeria: A Comparative Study

By Dr B. A. Bassey & Solomon Dien


  This study assessed research skills acquisition of undergraduate students in University of Calabar and Cross River University of Technology. Survey research design was adopted for the study. A sample of 618 students was drawn from a population of 6178 students, using stratified random sampling technique. An instrument titled “Research Skills Acquisition Questionnaire” (RSAQ) was used to collect data for the study. The instrument was duly validated and the reliability estimates of 0.71 to 0.78 were established. The data collected were subjected to statistical analysis using independent t-test. The results showed that University of Calabar undergraduates do not significantly differ from their Cross River University of Technology counterparts in their acquisition of research skills, with respect to, problem identification, literature review, research design and instrumentation, sampling and data collection, analysis and interpretation of results, author citing and referencing, and overall research skills. Recommendations were made in consideration of the findings of this study.

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