Birth Order And Academic Achievement Of Students

CHAPTER ONE – INTRODUCTION

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1.1       Background of the study

Every member of the society belongs to a family. It is incontrovertible that the secondary school students like every mortal come from a home. Some come from extremely poor homes while others well- to-do parents. There are also those that come from a polygamous family, while others come from a monogamous family. Whichever category a learner belongs, it has either positive or negative effect on his or her academic life and bring with him/her to formed schooling a way of functioning which carries the imprint of him/her upbringing at home.

Birth Order And Academic Achievement Of Students

Maduakonam (2015) asserted that the home lays the foundation for goals and motivation early in the life of a child.  Children most often absorb the values of the parents but even if they reject them, they will b e deeply influenced by them. Ezewu (2006) opined that the preponderance of delinquents among school population were from polygamous homes. The author also added that disciplined and in disciplined behaviours among children is a function of the homes.

Birth Order And Academic Achievement Of Students

However, it is a common knowledge that a number of home variables discussed above have a significant influence on the education of the child. For instance, in spite of the government policies on family planning, a number of parents are still producing an uncontrollable number of children. Such parents, in this era of global economic recession may not be able to cater for the socio-economic and educational and educational needs of the family members.

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Furthermore, people are intrigued by the fact that children of the same family behave dif fervently although they were raised in the same environment, such as neighbourhood, and share the same genetic pools from both of their parents. On top of behaviours, siblings do differ in terms of personality characteristics, intelligence and others. Firstborns are always described as being responsible, high achievers and perfectionist whereas lastborns and only child are always described as the baby of the house and mostly spoiled kids. As a result, those differences among siblings have attracted the attention of researchers over the past decades.

Birth Order And Academic Achievement Of Students

Ebukiba (2013) stated that the home background of his educational performance in school. The author also maintained that the home is the most important primary group and the smallest social unit in the society. It is also biological, social and universal in the sense that no human society could possibly exist or has existed without some forms of home organization. This is because parents, siblings and family members help to shape the character, behavioural pattern and personality of young children.

 

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