The study examines educational motifs and academic performance among senior secondary school students in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Study sample was composed of 8481 students drawn randomly from eight Local Government Areas of the State. Instrument for data collection was the ‘Educational Motifs and Student’s Academic Performance Questionaire (EMSAPQ) designed according to the Lykert type. Three research questions were formulated and two hypotheses were tested using descriptive statistics, Independent t-test and the Multiple Regression Analysis. Findings were that educational motifs influence student’s academic performance. This was specifically found in Mathematics and English Language performance of the students. Recommendations were that students with low levels of influence in their motifs should be made to embrace motifs that present high level of influence or motivation, and that educational counsellors should investigate student’s educational motifs and counsel those that are of low academic performance.
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