Factors Affecting Students’ Academic Performance in a Building Technology Program in Nigeria

By Olatunji Abisuga, Olalekan Oshodi and Oluwayomi Babatunde.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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The term “building technology” addresses the managerial skill gap within the building industry. This skill has been linked to improved project success. This study is aimed at assessing factors affecting the academic performance of students in a building technology program. The study objectives were achieved via a quantitative research approach. Data was collected using a questionnaire that was developed based on a literature survey, authors’ experiences, and semi-structured interviews. The findings indicate that the way lecturers speak during classes is the most significant variable affecting student academic performance; this might be linked to students’ competence in English. Furthermore, a factor analysis of study variables shows that students’ study cultures and stress were significant factors affecting students’ academic performance. Thus, improving students’ academic performance can be accomplished by addressing the attributes that have significant effects. Since this research focuses on a single case, future nationwide studies should be conducted to validate these results.

Keywords: Academic Performance, Building Technology, Nigeria, Quantitative

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.1-15. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 619.780KB).

Olatunji Abisuga

Lecturer, Department of Building Technology, Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos, Nigeria

Olalekan Oshodi

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Building Technology, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Lagos, Nigeria

Oluwayomi Babatunde

Lecturer, School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa