Correlations Among Jamaican 12th-Graders’ Five Variables and Performance in Genetics
Deen-Paul Bloomfield 1 * , Kola Soyibo 2
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1 Merl Grove High School, Kingston, JAMAICA2 University of the West Indies, Mona Kingston, JAMAICA* Corresponding Author


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.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2008, 63-69

Publication date: 22 Jan 2008

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