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Abstract

This study sought to discover how lecturer attitudes and competencies influence academic performance of university female students, since they are generally lagging behind in academic performance at a university in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe. The transactional theory is the main theory that anchored this study. The population comprised all Part two to Part four female university students and all the lecturers that taught the female students who were at the institution. A sample of 25 female students and 5 lecturers in four faculties was selected using the convenience sampling strategy. The study employed a case study research design which involved use of individual interviews and focus group discussions to collect data. Data was analysed in narrative form and thematically. The study revealed that the academic performance of female university students was determined by lecturer attitudes and competencies. The study recommends the training of lecturers who are holders of non-teaching degrees in order to improve their competencies and in-service training for the old horses so as to renew, sharpen their minds and refine their skills.

Note on the Author

Lilian Manwa holds a PhD and is a senior lecturer in Home Economics at Great Zimbabwe University. She has published extensively in the areas related to primary and secondary teacher training, family studies, gender issues, textiles and nutrition. She is particularly interested in researching and publishing on women.

Regis Chireshe is a Full Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Needs Education in the Special Needs Education Department at Great Zimbabwe University. He is a registered educational psychologist with the Allied Health Professions Council of Zimbabwe. Has over 70 publications in reputable journals and publication outlets. He has supervised 11 PhD students to completion. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of reputable journals. He is currently on secondment to the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education.

Excellent Chireshe is an Associate Professor in Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe. She holds a doctorate in Religious Studies. Her research interests include religion and gender, and sociology of religion. She has a considerable number of publications, mostly on religion and gender.

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