Stockhausen, N.; Soyibo, Kola
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Educational Studies
Relationships among Jamaican ninth-graders' variables and performance in integrated science
Journal of science and mathematics education in Southeast Asia
Date of Publication
Assessed the level of integrated science performance of 200 Jamaican ninth-graders (100 boy, 100 girls), and determined if there were significant differences in their performance linked to their gender, attitudes to science, school location and student-type. A science achievement test and attitude to science questionnaire were used for data collection. The subjects were selected from two rural and two urban schools in Jamaica. The results indicated that the students' level of science performance was barely 'average'; there were significant differences in their science performance based on the four variables in favour of female, students with highly positive attitude to science, urban students and students in the Reform of Secondary Education (ROSE) schools; while the relationship between their science performance and gender ( r = ,30, p < .01) and school location (r = .13, p < .05), was positive, statistically significant but weak respectively, the relationship between their performance and their attitudes to science ( r = .70), and student- type (r = .64) was positive, statistically significant and 'strong'.....