Correlates of Learning Difficulties among Undergraduate Students in Faculty of Education, Cross River University of Technology Calabar, Nigeria

Abstract

The study investigated correlates of learning difficulties among undergraduate students of Faculty of Education in Cross River University of Technology. Learning difficulty also referred to as a learning disability can be described as an issue with the brains ability to process information. So that individuals who have learning difficulty may not learn in the same way or as quickly as their peers, and they might find certain aspects of learning, such as development of basic skills, to be challenging. The study considered the manifestations of the following types of learning difficulties dyslexia-reading and comprehension problem, Dysgraphia-writing consistency and coherence problem. Dyscalculia–solving and calculating simple arithmetical problems. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) having problem of in attention sitting still, staying focused and completing assignments. The main purpose of the study was to find out the extent to which these disorders manifest among students and between gender. All the students in Faculty of Education formed the population. The sample was 240 students comprising male and female respondents across the four levels and departments. Two hypotheses were tested. Data collection instrument was a structured questionnaire titled learning difficulty questionnaire LDQ. Result revealed that there were significant manifestations of learning disabilities. The findings also showed that male students significantly manifested dysgraphia, while female students manifested dyscalculia and ADHD. It was recommended that general studies courses involving writing and calculation skill be taken more seriously in the university. More emphasis be placed on group work and presentation by students.

 

Keywords: : attention deficit disorder, Dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia learning disability


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