n South African Journal of Education - Predictors of learner performance in mathematics and science according to a large-scale study in Mpumalanga

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



Eight hundred and ninety-nine (431 male, 467 female and one missing value) Grade 8 and 9 (n = 184 and 713, respectively, with two missing values) learners from secondary schools in Mpumalanga completed a science and mathematics questionnaire. Student's t tests showed that male and female, as well as language groups' scores, differed significantly. Stepwise non-linear regression shows that a combination of factors contributes significantly to learner, science and mathematics performance (R2 = 25%, 20%, and 11%, respectively).

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