Education in the Developing Countries of the Commonwealth

Reports of Research in Education, Volume II

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Factors Related to the Performance of Third Year Students in Mathematics in Jamaican Post Primary Schools

Studies done on the academic achievement (Reid, 1964) and the cognitive abilities (Vernon, 1969) of primary school children in Jamaica have suggested that environmental factors greatly affect the academic performance of these children. Mathematics is usually regarded as the school subject which is least affected by social and cultural factors. The writer decided to investigate which of the following variables had the greatest effect on the mathematical performance of secondary school students: psychological variables (affective and cognitive); environmental variables (location, size, and type of school); teacher related variables (experience, qualification, sex, and effectiveness); and other pupil related variables (sex, socio-economic status, and teacher rated performance in mathematics).


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