ERIC Number: ED439953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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An Analysis of Jamaican High School Students' Integrated Science Process Skills Performance.
Soyibo, Kola; Beaumont-Walters, Yvonne
This study determined Jamaican high school students' level of performance on five integrated science process skills and if there were significant differences in their performance linked to their gender, grade level, school location, school-type, student-type, and socioeconomic background (SEB). The 305 subjects comprised 133 males, 172 females, 146 ninth graders, 159 tenth graders, 150 traditional and 155 comprehensive high school students, 164 ROSE (Reform of Secondary Education), and 141 nonROSE students, 166 urban and 139 rural students, and 110 and 195 children of professional and nonprofessionals, respectively. Data were collected with the authors' constructed integrated science process skills test. Results indicated that the subjects' mean score was barely "average"; their performance in decreasing order was: interpreting data; recording data; generalizing; formulating hypotheses; and identifying variables. There were statistically significant differences in their performance based on their grade-level, school-type, student-type, and SEB in favor of the tenth graders, traditional high school students, ROSE students, and children of professionals, respectively. There was a positive, significant, and fairly strong relationship between their performance and school-type, but weak relationships among their student-type, grade-level and SEB and performance. (Contains 4 tables showing data, and 22 references.) (Author/CCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (New Orleans, LA, April 28-May 1, 2000).