A Comparative Study of Placement Test (PT), Proficiency Scores (PRS) and Students’ Self Perception of English Language Skills in A University in United Arab Emirates (Published)
As Educators it is vital to learn the limitations, and requirements of the students and design or revise a curriculum to fill the lacunae. This study aimed to compare the students’ performance in their proficiency and placement tests and their own self perception of their English language skills. The study was conducted in RAK Medical and Health Sciences University located in The United Arab Emirates. The participants were first year students from Medicine, Pharmacy, Dental and Nursing colleges. Questionnaires were distributed among the students to analyse their needs in their English course. The results are compared to their proficiency and placement test results and needs analyses tries to find areas of weakness or strength of the students to tailor courses according to their needs or to provide the students with suitable instruction. The results of the questionnaires showed that students’ self-perception of their skills corresponded with their expression of their linguistic requirements for their professions.
Achieving-Drive Behaviour and Self-Perception as Influencers of Personal Functioning Among Nigerian Potential Graduates: A Multivariate Analysis (Published)
The study examined achieving-drive behaviour and self-perception as influencers of personal functioning among Nigerian potential graduates. Participants were 191 (16-30 years) sampled through stratified and cluster techniques. Valid/reliable Type ‘’A’’ Behaviour Scale (TABS), Self-perception Scale (SPS), and Personal Function Inventory (PFI) measured achieving-drive, self-perception, and personal functioning respectively. This study had cross-sectional factorial design, linear regressions and multiple analysis of variance (MANOVA) statistics. The findings for Nigerian potential graduates were: Achieving-drive behaviour, and self-perception significantly predicted personal functioning; Elements of personal functioning were significantly influenced by achieving-drive behaviour and self-perception; Achieving-drive accounted for 48% of personal functioning, 43% problem-focused coping, 37% avoidance-focused coping, 33% adaptiveness coping, and 39% emotion-focused coping. Self-perception accounted for 35% of personal functioning, 37% problem-focused coping, 25% avoidance-focused coping, 24% adaptiveness coping, and 30% emotion-focused coping. Recommendations: Nigerian potential graduates and higher institutions should pursue personal competencies and cognitive flexibility for handling challenges.