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Managing Nigerian Universities for Better Students’ Participation in Voluntary Community Services

Author(s): Chika Josephine Ifedili | Maurine Egenti

Journal: Review of European Studies
ISSN 1918-7173

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

The study investigated the organization and management of voluntary communities services in Nigerian universities following the attitudes of insensitivity among staff, students and graduates of various universities’ communities. The population of the study was all 27 federal Nigerian universities. A random sample of 6 federal Nigerian universities (22.22%) was used for the study. From each university, a stratified random sampling method was used to select 100 male and 100 female students and 50 male and 50 female staff to participate in the study. A total of 600 male and 600 female students and 300 male and 300 female staff participated in the study. The instrument used in gathering the data was the questionnaire designed by the researcher titled Management of Community Service Inventory (MCSI). The questionnaire was made up of two parts: Part A was based on respondents’ personal data while Part B contained 15 questions bothering on planning and organization of community services, willingness of both staff and students to render voluntary community services, barriers to effective voluntary community servicing, management ‘s efforts to promote voluntary community services etc. The validity of the instrument was done by both experts in educational administration and educational psychology. Test-retest method was used to ascertain the reliability of the instrument. A Z-Test and common percent were the statistics used to analyze the data. The major finding was that there was poor organization and management of community services and students were very willing to participate. Based on the findings, the major recommendation was that various universities’ management should endeavor to make voluntary services operative.
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