Beaumont-Walters, Yvonne; Soyibo, Kola
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Educational Studies
An analysis of high school students' performance on five integrated science process skills
Research in Science and Technological Education
Date of Publication
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (New Orleans, LA, April 28-May 1, 2000)
This study determined Jamaican high school students' level of performance on five integrated science process skills and if there were statistically significant differences in their performance linked totheir gender, grade level, school location, school type, student type and socio-economic background (SEB). The 305 subjects comprised 133 males, 172 females, 146 ninth graders, 159 10th graders, 150 traditionaland 155 comprehensive high school students, 164 students from the Reform of Secondary Education (ROSE) project and 141 non-ROSE students, 166 urban and 139 rural students and 110 students from a high SEBand 195 from a low SEB. Data were collected with the authors' constructed integrated science process skills test the results indicated that the subjects' mean score was low and unsatisfactory; their performancein decreasing order was: interpreting data, recording data, generalising, formulating hypotheses and identifying variables; there were statistically significant differences in their performance based ontheir grade level, school type, student type, and SEB in favour of the 10th graders, traditional high school students, ROSE students and students from a high SEB. There was a positive, statistically significantand fairly strong relationship between their performance and school type, but weak relationships among their student type, grade level and SEB and performance. (Au)....