AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF SELF-EFFICACY AND RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY OF LAW LECTURERS IN SOUTH-WESTERN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES
Keywords:self-efficacy, research productivity, law lecturers, south-western universities.
This study aimed at investigating self-efficacy and research productivity of law lecturers in South-western Nigerian Universities. The specific objective of the study is to ascertain the level of law lecturers’ self-efficacy about research productivity in South-western Nigerian Universities. The study was guided by two research questions, and one research hypothesis in order to arrive at reasonable conclusion of the research work. The scope of the study was limited to only the universities in South-western Nigerian universities duly accredited to offer law degree programmes. However, the research design used for the study was Correlational research design because it measures the degree of relationship among variables used in the study without the researcher manipulating any of them. The population of the study was 456 law lecturers as respondents cutting across 21 universities made up of public and private duly accredited to offer law degree programmes in South-western Nigeria. The study adopted Total Enumeration Sampling Technique. This was because the total population of the respondents was used for the study. The research instrument for the study was questionnaire in which some were adapted and some were self-developed. The questionnaire was used to collect information from law lecturers on full appointment in the 21 universities under study having earlier conducted the test and re-test of the questionnaire to 35 law lecturers in sister institution in order to ensure the reliability of the research instrument. The data obtained from the 21 universities under study were analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics which included Frequencies, Means, ANOVA, Standard Deviation while Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation and Multiple Regression were used to test the hypotheses. The results obtained from this study showed that the level of law lecturers’ self-efficacy about research productivity in South-western Nigerian universities was high. The study also revealed that the level of research productivity of law lecturers in the area under study was low. In conclusion, the study recommended, among others, that for law lecturers to improve their research productivity, efforts must be in place by university management to sensitise law lectures to establish regular seminar sessions within the Faculty of Law where every faculty member should be made to present papers for internal review in order to sharpen their research and writing skills. Besides, efforts should be made to improve the facilities in the library in order to make it more responsive to the needs of faculty members towards improving research productivity.