EFFECTS OF SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL VARIABLES ON AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR OF TEACHERS IN NIGERIAN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
ABSTRACT Second to the learner in the teaching-learning process is the teacher. His/her emotional disposition often affects not only the learning process but also the learner. Research has shown that school children exhibit nuances learnt from their teachers. This study, therefore, examined the effects of Locus of Control and Emotional Exhaustion on aggressive behaviour of primary school teachers. Three hundred and forty two (342) primary school teachers randomly selected from Ogun East Senatorial District of Ogun State Nigeria, participated in the study. Two research questions were raised and answered. Three standardized instruments were adopted and used for data collection. Data were analysed using Multiple Regressions, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and the t-test statistical tools. The findings revealed significant linear relationship between the predictor variables and the criterion variable (R2 = (.920; (F (2,340) = 572.578, P < .000). The analysis further showed that the t-value for Emotional Exhaustion (17.125) was significant (p<0.05), while the t-value for Locus of Control (-1.337) did not show significant predictive value. Based on these findings, it was recommended among others that governmental agencies and school management recognise the critical roles of teachers so that emotional management programmes be organised for enhanced capacity of the teachers.