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Gender and ethnicity differences manifested in chemistry achievement and self-regulated learning

Veloo, Arsaythamby and Lee, Hooi Hong and Seung, Chun Lee (2015) Gender and ethnicity differences manifested in chemistry achievement and self-regulated learning. International Education Studies, 8 (8). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1913-9020

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The aim of this study is to examine whether gender and ethnicity differences are manifested in chemistry achievement and self-regulated learning among a matriculation programme students in Malaysia.The result of students’ midterm chemistry exam was used as the measure of chemistry achievement.The information of self-regulated learning was collected by using a survey questionnaire that was adapted from the Motivated Strategies and Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ). Random sampling method was utilized to select 358 students of Matriculation Science One-Year Programme.The results of gender differences showed that male students obtained significantly higher achievement in chemistry compared to female counterparts whereas there was no significant gender difference in self-regulated learning. The results of ethnicity differences confirmed that there was a significant difference in chemistry achievement between Malay and Chinese students, Malay and Indian students, respectively. In terms of self-regulated learning, however, a significant difference was found only between Malay and Indian students.The findings suggest that science instructors in higher education institutions utilize the MSLQ to get the information about students’ self-regulatory level and motivational level, design a “gender-based initiative” to address the lower science achievement of female students, and be ready to having learning resources and pedagogical practices available for a learning condition with diverse groups of different ethnicities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: chemistry achievement, self-regulated learning, gender difference, ethnicity difference
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Education & Modern Languages
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Arsaythamby Veloo
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 02:04
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2016 01:22

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