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Lecturer-students' perception of the causes, effects and management patterns of students' unrest in tertiary institutions.

Chinyere, N. Alimba

Abstract:
This study investigated the causes, the effects, and the management patterns of students' unrest in tertiary institutions in Adamawa State, Nigeria. The study was framed in such a way that it deviated from the normal way of identifying the causes, the effects, and the methods of managing students' unrest, as presented in the past to determine the seriousness of the factors causing unrest, the manner in which the effects frequently occur, and the methods often used by school administrators in the management of the phenomenon. A survey research design was adopted. The study established that increase in tuition fees; inadequate facilities for teaching and learning; communication break down between school authorities and students' representatives; poor leadership style of school authority; rustication and expulsion of union leaders; accommodation problem; and security problem on campus are very serious factors causing students' unrest in tertiary institutions. The article mentions some of the negative outcomes of students' unrests and suggests the best practices that should be observed by school authorities for effective management. The study recommends, among others, that those aspiring to become school administrators should be given a six months training in the act of leadership strategies and conflict management, and that peace education should be introduced into school curriculum and school environment for students and staff to appreciate the beauty of resolving their differences peacefully without resulting into violence.

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Document Title: Lecturer-students' perception of the causes, effects and management patterns of students' unrest in tertiary institutions.
Journal: African Journal of Education Management
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
No. of Pages: 170-189


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Students
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:Student Unrest, Student Affairs, Student behaviour, Tertiary Institutions, Nigeria


File Size:81 KB
Rights:Permission granted by author and publisher
Date Added:29 May 2009


Chinyere, N. Alimba (2008). Lecturer-students' perception of the causes, effects and management patterns of students' unrest in tertiary institutions. African Journal of Educational Management. Vol.11(1) pp.170-189.