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English language achievement among Ethiopian secondary school students: associated factors


Tutu, G and F, J and Tolosa, T and Pullen, DL and Swabey, KJ, English language achievement among Ethiopian secondary school students: associated factors, Proceedings of the 2017 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, 26-30 November, Canberra, Australia (2017) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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This study investigated attribution related factors in English language performance among grade nine students (n=147) in Ethiopia. Three public secondary schools were selected from Adama town using census sampling techniques. English subject teachers of these schools, developed their own sixty item attribution survey (i.e., had 30 items of perceived reasons for success, and 30 items for perceived reasons for failure). The degree of influence for each item was scaled on a 5 point Likert scale ranging from unimportant to highly important. A reliability test of the attribution survey showed a value of 0.80 Cronbach Alpha. Descriptive statistics, principal component analysis (PCA), and linear regression analysis were carried out to investigate the association between students' English language performance and attribution related factors. PCA of 30 items on attribution for success and PCA on 30 items for failure were reduced into 8 items and 7 items respectively. Following the PCA, a linear regression analysis revealed that among the 8 variables, only 3 variables: student effort, language ability, and a good teaching practice, accounted for overall English language achievement. A significant regression equation was found F (8, 64) = 36.687, p

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:F, J (Dr J F)
UTAS Author:Pullen, DL (Dr Darren Pullen)
UTAS Author:Swabey, KJ (Professor Karen Swabey)
ID Code:125253
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-04-10
Last Modified:2019-07-17

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