Influence Of Gender And Perceptions Of Motivating Factors On Student’ Achievement In Secondary School Physics In Tinderet Sub-County, Kenya.

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 ABSTRACT

In Kenya, the performance of secondary school students in physics is a matter of great concern to

the Ministry of Education because physics is among the key subjects expected to make Kenya

realize vision 2030. The performance at secondary school level has been poor for a long time. It is

possible that gender influences performance of physics as a subject since there is a long standing

belief that physics is a domain of male students. This study focused on the Influence of Gender and

Perceptions of Motivating Factors on Students’ Achievement in secondary school physics in

Tinderet Sub-county, Kenya. The theoretical framework adopted for this was Self-worth theory

which suggests that people whether male or female are largely motivated to do what it takes to

enhance their reputation in various areas. The research design used for the study was cross

sectional survey. The study population was the physics students in the public secondary schools

within the study area. It was based on a sample of 300 physics students in form four. Multi-stage

sampling was applied in the study to ensure that all types of students were well represented in the

study. Data was collected using closed-ended questionnaires and a physics achievement test

administered to the students. The validity of the questionnaires and the achievement test were

established by three lecturers involved in research because of their vast experience in supervision

of post graduate studies. The reliability of the questionnaires were established through a piloting

process undertaken on the basis of a sample of 15 students in Nandi East Sub-county and was

estimated using Cronbach’s co-efficient test. The questionnaires were dully modified to the

required standards before they were used to collect data. The data was coded, edited and analyzed

using Statistical Package for Social Sciences on basis of descriptive and inferential statistics. All

the findings were subjected to significance testing at an alpha level of 0.05.The study added some

knowledge to the empirical research by revealing that boys performed better than girls in the

Physics achievement test. Factors that were significant in influencing students’ achievement in

Physics were: school type, career expectations, love for Physics and student gender. The study also

established that access to text books and lab facilities were very significant in motivating students

towards achievement in Physics. Other factors that motivated students were other students’ cooperation,

students’ obedience/ discipline and love for Physics. The study recommends that there is

need for schools to encourage girls towards performing better in Physics through active guiding

and counseling departments. Motivation factors such as access to text books and lab facilities

should be enhanced so as to improve the performance of secondary schools in Tinderet Sub-

County. The findings may provide a solution to the unbalanced performance in physics at KCSE

level. It would also be of benefit to secondary school teachers and students in planning, setting and

implementing performance targets in physics.

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APA

Research, S. & Barasa, J (2021). Influence Of Gender And Perceptions Of Motivating Factors On Student’ Achievement In Secondary School Physics In Tinderet Sub-County, Kenya.. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/influence-of-gender-and-perceptions-of-motivating-factors-on-student-achievement-in-secondary-school-physics-in-tinderet-sub-county-kenya-1

MLA 8th

Research, SSA, and Joseck Barasa "Influence Of Gender And Perceptions Of Motivating Factors On Student’ Achievement In Secondary School Physics In Tinderet Sub-County, Kenya." Afribary. Afribary, 15 May. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/influence-of-gender-and-perceptions-of-motivating-factors-on-student-achievement-in-secondary-school-physics-in-tinderet-sub-county-kenya-1. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

MLA7

Research, SSA, and Joseck Barasa . "Influence Of Gender And Perceptions Of Motivating Factors On Student’ Achievement In Secondary School Physics In Tinderet Sub-County, Kenya.". Afribary, Afribary, 15 May. 2021. Web. 24 May. 2022. < https://afribary.com/works/influence-of-gender-and-perceptions-of-motivating-factors-on-student-achievement-in-secondary-school-physics-in-tinderet-sub-county-kenya-1 >.

Chicago

Research, SSA and Barasa, Joseck . "Influence Of Gender And Perceptions Of Motivating Factors On Student’ Achievement In Secondary School Physics In Tinderet Sub-County, Kenya." Afribary (2021). Accessed May 24, 2022. https://afribary.com/works/influence-of-gender-and-perceptions-of-motivating-factors-on-student-achievement-in-secondary-school-physics-in-tinderet-sub-county-kenya-1