THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STUDENTS’ BIOLOGY LABORATORY SKILL PERFORMANCE AND THEIR COURSE ACHIEVEMENT

TitleTHE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STUDENTS’ BIOLOGY LABORATORY SKILL PERFORMANCE AND THEIR COURSE ACHIEVEMENT
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsGobaw, GF, Atagana, HI
JournalProblems of Education in the 21st Century
Volume72
Start Page6-15
PaginationDiscontinuous
Date PublishedAugust/2016
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1822-7864
Other NumbersICID: 1221615
Keywordshigh school achievement, practical skill test, undergraduate biology
Abstract

The focus of this research study was to investigate the relationship between students’ prior achievement in higher education entrance examination score and their course achievement in undergraduate biology program. It also examined the relationship between students’ high school and college preparatory school biology laboratory experience and their undergraduate biology laboratory skill performance. A correlational study was used. The sample consisted of 55 third year undergraduate biology students. The findings of the study showed that there is significant and positive linear correlation between students’ competences in practical skills and performance in higher education entrance examination scores. There is a significant and a positively linear relationship between the students’ cumulative grade point average (CGPA) with higher education entrance exam scores and biology laboratory skill test score. However, laboratory skill performance test score was not correlated with students’ high school laboratory background and sex. The findings implicated that the Ministry of Education should foster secondary high schools and college preparatory schools to put greater efforts at preparing undergraduate admitted students for students’ better outcome and their retention in universities.

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