IMPACT OF MENTORSHIP ON STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN UNIVERSITY OF BENIN, BENIN CITY

doi>10.24250/JPE/1/2020/IU/EGO/UCO

  • Idongesit David UDOM
  • Eseohe Glory OKOEDION
  • Ugo Okolie Delta state university, abraka, Nigeria
Keywords: Mentorship; Academic Excellence; Mentee .

Abstract

Abstract: Mentorship has been long recognized in Europe, America and other developed countries as a very useful technique for improving on and in enriching the experiences, skills, knowledge and expertise of employees in organizations, including academic institutions. However, it is only recently that its usefulness is being realized in tertiary educational institutions in Nigeria. Mentorship and students’ academic excellence has been subjects of discourse among social scientists from a wide range of disciplines in the last two decades. But unfortunately, very insufficient number of studies in this area has been conducted in Nigeria. This study was undertaken to fill this obvious research gap. A descriptive method was adopted and data was collected via a survey of 300 respondents using accidental sampling technique. Data collected were tested and analyzed using descriptive, frequency distribution, correlation and linear regression analysis. The result of the study showed that there is a positive and significant relationship between mentorship and academic excellence. The result also revealed that mentorship does have a significant impact on academic excellence in University of Benin. Thus, the study recommends among others that Nigerian universities should give due attention to mentorship since mentoring has been recognized as a strategic technique for building and sustaining scholars in research universities that provide advanced education for the academic profession, policy makers and public and private sector professionals involved in the complex globalized economies of the 21st century.

Author Biographies

Idongesit David UDOM

Department of Vocational and Technical Education
University of Benin, Benin City

Eseohe Glory OKOEDION

Department of Foreign Languages and Literary Studies
University of Nigeria, Nsukka

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Published
2020-04-21