International Journal of Statistics and Applied Mathematics

International Journal of Statistics and Applied Mathematics

2018, Vol. 3, Issue 6, Part B

Assessment of factors influencing students’ achievement in applied mathematics I: The case of weekend and evening engineering and technology students at Assosa University


Author(s): Damtew Bewket Kitaro, Michael Merga and Lemi Moges

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate factors influencing students’ achievement in Applied Mathematics I in the case of Weekend and Evening Engineering and Technology students at Assosa University. Based on review of the related literature, basic research questions were formulated. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods were used for data gathering. The quantitative data were obtained by using questionnaire and the qualitative data were gathered by using Focus Group Discussion. A pilot study was conducted to validate the instrument using 20 second year university students and was followed by the main study. The final version of the questionnaire was administered for 108 undergraduate Weekend and Evening Engineering and Technology students at Assosa University. The SPSS 20.0 was used for analysis of the data collected by questionnaire. Statistical techniques such as Percentage, Pearson Correlation and t-test were used in the data analysis. The majority of factors that influence students’ achievement in Applied Mathematics I are Mathematics self-efficacy, attitude towards Applied Mathematics I, poor prior knowledge in Mathematics, Mathematics Self Concept and Mathematics Anxiety. In addition to this the Pearson Correlation yielded that there is a positive correlation between prior knowledge in Mathematics and the achievement in Applied Mathematics I. Moreover, the t-test showed that there is no significant difference between the achievement of male and female students in Applied Mathematics I.

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How to cite this article:
Damtew Bewket Kitaro, Michael Merga and Lemi Moges. Assessment of factors influencing students’ achievement in applied mathematics I: The case of weekend and evening engineering and technology students at Assosa University. 2018; 3(6): 106-109.
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