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ERIC Number: EJ907644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1305-8223
Correlations among Jamaican 12th-Graders' Five Variables and Performance in Genetics
Bloomfield, Deen-Paul; Soyibo, Kola
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v4 n1 p63-69 2008
This study was aimed at finding out if the level of performance of selected Jamaican Grade 12 students on an achievement test on the concept of genetics was satisfactory; if there were statistically significant differences in their performance on the concept linked to their gender, self-esteem, cognitive abilities in biology, school-type and socioeconomic background (SEB); and if there were significant correlations among the five variables and the students' performance. The sample (n = 357, 102 males and 255 females) was chosen from two all-boys' schools, four all-girls' schools, and 13 mixed schools in rural and urban Jamaica. The results indicated that the students' level of performance (mean = 22.81 or 45.62%) was unsatisfactory; there were statistically significant differences in the students' performance on the genetics test based on their self-esteem, cognitive abilities in biology and school-type in favour of students with a high self-esteem, high cognitive abilities, and students in the coeducational schools respectively; there was a positive, statistically significant but weak relationship between the students' (a) self-esteem, (b) cognitive abilities, and (c) school type and their performance on the genetics test. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica