COUNSELORS’ USE OF BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION TECHNIQUES IN INSTILLING DISCIPLINE AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ONITSHA EDUCATION ZONE OF ANAMBRA STATE.
The rate of indiscipline among secondary school students in onitsha is on the increase,there is a need to map out strategies to address this challenges. This study examined counselors’ use of behaviour modification techniques in instilling discipline among secondary school student in onitsha education zone,Anambra State,Nigeria.. Three research questions guided the study. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The population of the study comprises of 45 school counselors in the 32 government secondary schools in onitsha education zone, 32 counselors were sampled using purposive sampling technique for the study, that is one counselor per school. A structured questionnaire of 12 items was used for the study. The questionnaire was validated by three experts in the field of guidance and counselling and test measurement. The study obtained a reliability coefficient of 0.86. Data was analyzed using mean and standard deviation. The mean score of 2.50 was accepted as significant. Pilot testing was also carried out in osandenis Secondary School Asaba. The study revealed among others that counselors in the area of the study use positive and negative reinforcement to instill discipline among secondary school students in onitsha education zone of Anambra state. It was recommended that counselors should be encouraged to use reinforcement for behaviour modification and the use of corporal punishment should be outlawed in schools.
Keyword: Counselors, behaviour, modification , techniques and discipline..