Determinants of science achievement at the elementary level in a ""minority"" population

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This study examines some of the postulated determinants of science achievement at the primary level. The determinants examined are gender, parental occupation, socio-economic status, school gender, and school type. The 977 students who served as subjects were randomly selected from approximately 20,000 Trinidadian students who wrote the 11+ examination in March 1989. They were spread among nine denominational and six government schools. Overall, the results indicate that numerous factors appear to influence the achievement of primary school students. Since many negative factors appear to be correlated with home background, it was recommended that this should be the starting point of intervention


Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 63rd, Atlanta, GA, 8-11 Apr., 1990

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