Huria: Journal of the Open University of Tanzania

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Psychosocial Correlates of Academic Performance among Primary School Pupils with and without Hearing Impairment

JM Joshua


This was a correlational design study that explored the relationship between pupils’ psychosocial variables such as self-esteem, hearing status, attitude towards teachers and school; and between these and academic performance. A total of 194 pupils, 110 hearing normally and 84 hearing impaired were compared in self-esteem and academic performance. While there was no significant relationship between hearing status and academic performance, there was a significant difference in self-esteem with hearing status and a significant relationship between self-esteem and academic performance. This paper appeals to education stakeholders including parents, the Government, and NGOs to put much emphasis on developing self–esteem among school children.

Key words: Self-esteem, hearing status, hearing impaired, attitude

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