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ERIC Number: ED549992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 163
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2671-8231-9
Kids Crash and Burn: An Analysis of Freshmen Failing Science End of Course Exams
Godfrey, Tanya N.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this study was to determine how various factors influence student achievement on the physical science EOCE so that students are provided every opportunity to be successful. An understanding of influences such as the type of mathematics course students are taking, participating in block scheduling, participating in freshmen academies, and the year students took the science course and the science EOCE should provide insight into its relationship on the physical science EOCE achievement level. The final goal was to find which factors correlate to high achievement on the physical science EOCE so that South Carolina can implement these factors. This was done by obtaining historical data on students who took physical science and determine which factors are associated with the high failure rates on the physical science EOCE. Correlational values were determined, when possible. An independent-samples t-test was used to determine the strength and directionality for each relationship. A five-way ANOVA was used to determine if there were any interaction effects between the variables. The first finding was that students who took algebra prior to physical science had higher achievement on the EOCE than students without algebra. Students had increased EOCE scores when they took physical science in a block class. More students were successful outside of a freshmen academy on the physical science EOCE. These results are important to educators and administrators that want to help students become more successful on the physical science EOCE. The findings of this study can lead to a positive change within schools and school districts when it comes to providing an atmosphere that helps students increase their science skills and knowledge. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina