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n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - The role of student-related factors in the performance of Biology subject in secondary schools in Eldoret municipality, Kenya

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Abstract

This paper focuses on the student-related factors that influence performance of students in Biology in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in Eldoret municipality. The study was conducted through an ex-post facto design. A total of ten secondary schools were sampled. Target respondents were Form Three students and teachers of Biology (those teaching Form Three) within the municipality. The study sample (which was made up of 225 respondents; 200 students and 25 teachers) was obtained using stratified sampling. Simple random sampling was then used to choose the streams and particular students who participated in the study. Purposive sampling was used to obtain only the students who study Biology. The data was collected using questionnaires, observations and interviews and analysed using statistical package for social science (SPSS) computer programme. The results were presented using descriptive and inferential statistics. It was established that student-related factors affecting performance of Biology in Eldoret Municipality are: primary school Science which provides a requisite background for Biology at secondary school level; interest in Biology (theory and practical) provides a force for learners to participate in the learning process; their ability to carry out the practical effectively, and students' ambition and attitudes. The study is significant both to scholars and other readers as it is in line with the Educational Policy in Kenya, which emphasizes continuous improvement of Science education, the study sought to achieve this policy by finding areas that need improvement in the performance of Biology as a Science subject, some of which could be found applicable in other Science subjects.

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2013-02-01
2019-09-17

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