Soyibo, Kola; Thorpe, C.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Educational Studies
Correlates among Jamaican preservice primary school teachers' factors and science knowledge
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia
Date of Publication
This study determined the extent to which there were any significant relationships among some preservice teachers' gender, attitudes to science, learning styles and socioeconomic background and their science knowledge, using three instruments. The 258 subjects (31 males, 227 females) were randomly selected from all the six Jamaican teacher training colleges. Results showed that although many of the subjects had favourable attitudes to science, their science achievement was barely 'average'; while most of them exhibited the assimilator learning style. Their learning styles did not account for any significant differences in their science performance; males significantly outscored females in the science test; and there were positive, statistically significant but weak relationships among their science knowledge, gender and attitudes to science.....