Sky Journals of Educational Research Vol. 5(1), pp. 001-011, January, 2017. Available online

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Effects of metacognitive strategy and achievement motivation training on dissertation efficacy among doctoral students in Southwestern Nigerian universities


Ayeni, J. O.1* and Adeyemo, D. A.2


1University Counselling and Careers Centre, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria.
2Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.


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Accepted 16 September, 2016


The process of doing research dissertations are often fraught with inhibiting factors such as low dissertation efficacy which students experience during the process of executing their research studies. This study investigates the effects of metacognitive strategy and achievement motivation training on dissertation efficacy of doctoral students. It further ascertained the moderating influence of emotional intelligence and gender on relationship between the independent variables and the outcome measures. The study adopted pretest-posttest and control group experimental design. 84 doctoral students were randomly selected from three universities across the South West geo-political zone of Nigeria. Findings indicate a significant main effect of treatments on participants’ dissertation efficacy while metacognitive strategy was more effective compared to Achievement motivation training and the Control group on measure of dissertation efficacy. However, there was no significant main effect of gender on dissertation efficacy. The interaction effects of treatment and emotional intelligence on dissertation efficacy were not significant. Likewise, three-way interaction effects of treatments, emotional intelligence and gender were not significant. Study recommends that doctoral students be exposed to the above type of training to facilitate timely completion of doctoral dissertations.

Key words:
Achievement motivation, dissertation efficacy, emotional intelligence, metacognitive strategy.

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