Student Attribute Correlates of Academic Achievement in High School Chemistry Between Grade 9 & 10 Students


This study examined three student attributes namely; level of mathematics anxiety, learning style, and attitude toward Chemistry that generated information on their effect on student achievement in Chemistry. The study employed the causal-comparative descriptive research method. Instruments used included an achievement test to measure performance involving mathematical concepts in Chemistry, level of mathematics anxiety scale to measure anxiety levels, attitude toward Chemistry scale, and learning style reference. A total of 108 Grade 9 and 10 students from the Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) at the Philippine Normal University were involved as respondents. The result of the study revealed that the respondents taken as a whole, performed fairly in the achievement test in Chemistry particularly in the multiple choice and poorly in the open-ended part of the achievement test. Their anxiety in mathematics was positively correlated with their performance in Chemistry involving mathematics. The respondents, taken separately by grade level showed that grade 9 performed better than grade 10 in multiple choice and open ended tests. Both groups have favourable attitudes toward chemistry. Grade 9 has less anxiety level than grade 10 respondents. The study recommends that teachers should employ an effective approach on how to lessen the students’ level of anxiety in mathematics for them to improve their performance in Chemistry. Further, the study recommends teachers to find best ways to get their students interested in Chemistry topics which involve mathematics.

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Angela Francisca Veloso, Deped, The Philippines
Vic Marie Camacho, Philippine Normal University, The Philippines
Virgel Duad, Philippine Normal University, The Philippines

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Conference: ACEID2017
Stream: Primary and secondary education

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