Social Intelligence Competencies and Academic Achievement of Secondary School Students in Rivers State of Nigeria

Dr Odofin Toyin


This study examined social intelligence competencies and academic achievement of secondary school students in Rivers State of Nigeria. It was guided by two research questions and two hypotheses. A sample size of 1,427 students was drawn from a population of 42,767.  The Social Intelligence Scale was used for data gathering. Factor analysis and Cronbach alpha were used to estimate validity and reliability of the instrument. Social Intelligence scale has r =.89. Regression Statistical model was employed for data analysis. All hypotheses were tested at .05 level of significance. The finding showed that there was no linear relationship between social intelligence competencies and academic achievement (r = .06, P ≥.05). The conclusion was drawn that social intelligence competencies do not support students’ academic achievement. Based on the conclusion, recommendations were made for counselling professionals and educational psychologists to carry out training programmes that can help both the teachers and students to understand themselves better and to improve on their social intelligence skills which could improve the process of teaching and learning.

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