Saturday, August 30, 2014

Factors Militating Against Students Academic Performance in Samtse Higher Secondary School

An overview of my next study. It's a small scale study. I welcome comments la.

Research Title
Factors Militating Against Students Academic Performance in Samtse Higher Secondary School

Background:
Recently the academic performance of students of Samtse Higher Secondary School has come under the spotlight for a number of reasons. It has been found that students’ academic performance in both home-exams and board-exams has gone down drastically. The Bhutan Council for Assessment and Examinations’ (BCSEA) pupil performance report, 2012 has ranked the school in the bottom ten. Also teachers in the school speculate that the students’ academic performance has declined. This situation signifies the importance of identifying the factors militating against students’ academic achievement in the school.

Objectives
To explore the factors militating against students’ academic performance in Samtse Higher Secondary School

Research Questions:
What are the factors militating against students’ academic performance in Samtse Higher Secondary School.
Subquestions
(i) Do demographic variables hinder academic performance of students of Samtse Higher Secondary School?
(ii) Is there a significant difference between the learning and study strategy of high achievers and low achievers?
(iii) Is there a significant difference in the locus of control (LOC) of high achiever students and low achiever students?
(iv) What according to teachers are the factors attributing to the decreasing academic performance in the school?

Variables
Independent variable:  1. Demographic variables
                                  2. Learning and study strategy
                                   3. Locus of control     
Dependent Variable: Academic performance


Literature Review
The literature review shall present 
1.The theoretical framework 
2. Causes of poor academic achievement

Research methodology
The study will involve all students and teachers of Samtse Higher Secondary School. Four sets of questionnaires developed based on literature review will be used. Three questionnaires will be administered to the students and one to the teachers. 
Questionnaire 1: To explore the relationships between the demographic variables and students’ academic achievement.
Questionnaire 2: To secure data on the learning and study skills of students, LASSI (Learning And Study Strategy Inventoryl) questionnaire will be administered to all students.
Questionnaire 3: The LOC (Locus of Control) questionnaire will be administered to students to determine if there is a significant difference between the LOC of low academic achievers and high achievers.  
Questionnaire 4: Teachers will be interviewed using semi-structured questionnaire.

The data obtained will be analyzed by using SPSS

3 comments:

Sangay Phuntsho said...

Tshewang sir, your research would definitely be of great help to positively impact students' performance. For day students, parental guidance on studies(parental involvement) and for boarding students, how wisely they use the study hours could be factors. The difference between day and boarding students could be studied to see if there is a major performance gap between the two. Just the opinion. All the best. Thanks.

Tshewang Rabgay said...

Dear Sangay,
Thank you for your valuable comment. I will take in your suggestion on comparing the achievement of day and boarding students to see if there is a significant difference between the two. Once again, Thank you.

Denpala said...

Sir,
All the teachers in our country knows how this ranking of the schools, based on the exam result, impacts our education system.
Goal of our schools has shifted from making the "students understand the subject" to "preparing them for the exam".

This has taken back our education system to the time when memorizing dominated the scene. I really hope you will dig up something on this line... Oh i guess I am too late. any way keep up the good work la.

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