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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Relationships Among Some Factors and Students' Integrated Science Knowledge

Publication Date: 
December 1998

Many students have poor science knowledge based on their low level performance in science examinations (Forrest, 1992; ·Rainford, 1997). In the Anglophone-Caribbean, reports of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) reveal that many Jamaican candidates, who write the Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (SECE) at the General Proficiency (GP) level in biology, chemistry and physk-s, annually perform poorly. For example, the mean percentage passes of Jamaican students in biology, chemistry and physics in CXC SECE (GP) from 1990-1996 were 29.IB, 42.25, and 35.49 respectively, while their mean percentage pass in integrated science (single award) from 1990-1995 was 39.23 (The Labour Market Information Newsletter of Jamaica, 1996). 

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