Demographic Determinants of Research Skills Acquisition Among Postgraduate Students in the University of Calabar, Nigeria

Veronica Akwenabuaye Undelikwo; Ibok, Ekpenyong Effiong & Lilian Otu Ubi


This study examined the demographic determinants of research skills acquisition at the University of Calabar in Cross River State, Nigeria. The study was a questionnaire based that adopted the survey research design. The study formulated two hypotheses. A total sample of 150 postgraduate students was selected via proportional stratified random sampling and purposive sampling technique in the Faculties of Education and Social Sciences in their research stages for the 2019/2020 academic session for the study. Independent t-test was the statistical technique adopted to test the hypotheses at a .05 level of significance. The result of the analysis revealed a significant influence of gender and academic discipline on research skills acquisition (in terms of problem identification, literature review, research design, instrumentation, sampling, data collection, analysis and interpretation of results, and author citing and referencing)  among postgraduates students in University of Calabar Cross River  State. Based on these findings, the school management should regularly conduct workshops, conferences, and seminars to enable lecturers and students to update their knowledge to produce cross-cutting research for societal development.

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