THE TEACHERS PERCEPTION OF THEIR PUBLIC IMAGE AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF THEIR STUDENTS
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The study examined teachers’ perception of their public image and its influence on students’ performance in physics in Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State. A survey research designed was employed for the study; the study population was all secondary school in Pankshin L.G.A of Plateau State. 100 teachers and students were used as sample using simple random sampling techniques. The study was guided by three research hypothesis. A 16 items questionnaire was the instrument used to collected data from the sample and students’ performance was also collected. The instrument was validated by experts and a reliability coefficient of 0.90 was established using test-retest method. Pearson Product Correlation Coefficient was used to test the research hypothesis. From the findings, Government and students attitude towards the teacher contributes to teachers public image in turn have a negative effect on students performance. The paper recommended that Government/employers of labour should show regards for teacher by meeting their demands to encourage them in their job. Also parents, teachers and government should put heads together to ensure that student attitudes towards teachers change positively to achieve improved performance.
Academic success is a function of the teacher who is the key, the students who are the focus, the environment and the parents who have a great role to play. The role of the teacher in any learning environment is to ensure that the learners acquire the knowledge expected of them. In both formal and informal education, the teacher is at the fore front of curriculum implementation hence he is considered capable of performing the job. An ideal teacher provides instruction in such a way that will lead to high level of student achievement interms of students outcome such as learning gains and work readiness. Students on their own part, have a task of listening and paying attention to the teacher, carrying activities and responsibilities assign to them by the teacher. Cogan (1975) stressed that students who share and amplify their elders disparagement of the teacher will tend to learn less, forget faster, transfer and apply their learning less readily than if these learning had been gained in pervading atmosphere of high esteem for teacher. From the forgoing, it is imperative that the teachers image is a significant factor in students, learning. The way the students perceive the teacher determines their attitude to the subject and in turn their interest and readiness to learn.