Effect of Teacher and Parent-related Factors on Pakistani Secondary Grade Students’ Achievement in Physics

By Khalil Ur Rehman Wain and Muhammad Saeed.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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The present study aims at exploring the effect of teacher and parent-related factors on secondary grade students’ achievement in physics. A standardized achievement test in physics along with background questionnaire were used as research instruments. The study was conducted on a sample of 5000 grade 9 students selected through proportionate stratified random sampling technique from the province of Punjab, Pakistan. Research hypotheses were tested using t-test and one way ANOVA. The findings revealed that the performance of students belonging to age group 14-15 years was relatively better than the older age group of 16 years or above. Students studying in small classes and those for whom the class period was 30 or 35 minutes performed better than students of large class size and long period duration. Students who got academic support by tutors and/or parents at home or did self-study in physics daily for at least one hour performed better than their other counterparts. Students, who asked questions, did not receive corporal punishment from their teachers, did not receive excessive home-work, and take part in co-curricular activities performed better than their corresponding fellows.

Keywords: Teacher and Parent-felated Factors, Secondary Grade Students, Achievement, Physics

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.51-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 639.593KB).

Khalil Ur Rehman Wain

Senior Teacher, PAEC Model College, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

I am working as senior science teacher in PAEC Model College Nilore Islamabad. I teach Physics and Mathematcs to secondary grade students. In 2005, I got admission in the University of Education Lahore for PhD studies in Education with specialization in Educational Assessment and Evaluation. In 2009, I submited my thesis entitled “Development of a Standardized Achievement Test in Physics at Secondary Level”. In August 2007, I visited School of Education, University of Leicester, UK as a visiting doctoral fellow for a period of six months and attended a number of conferences and workshops there.

Dr. Muhammad Saeed

Associate Professor, Institute of Education and Research., University of the Punjab, Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan

Dr. Muhammad Saeed is currently working as Associate Professor in Institute of Education and Research, University of the Punjab, Lahore. He got his PhD from Greece and Post Doc from UK. He has a vast experience of teaching and research. He has published a large number of research articles in national and international journals.He has also attended many conferences both within the cuntry and abroad.