HomeADDU-SAS Graduate School Research Journalvol. 5 no. 1 (2009)

College Algebra Achievement Predictors

Jane S. Samonte

Discipline: Mathematics, Education

 

Abstract:

The purpose of this study is to determine the predictors of College Algebra achievement of students at the Davao del Norte State College. Specifically, it sought to determine the

average HSMath Grade Point Average (GPA), HSGPA, and Otis-Lennon Scholastic Aptitude Test (OLSAT) result of students when analyzed by course, stanine category, type of high school where students came from, and their attitude towards math. This study also aims to determine the average performance of students in College Algebra and to find out if HSMath, GPA, HSGPA, and OLSAT result can significantly predict students’ College Algebra achievement when analyzed by course, stanine category, type of high school, and attitude towards math.

Using the descriptive-predictive design, stratified random sampling is employed involving 172 College Algebra students enrolled during the first semester of the academic year 2007-2008. The data include the HSMath, GPA, HSGPA, and OLSAT result of the respondents. College Algebra achievement is measured by the respondents’ Final Departmental Exam result in College Algebra course. A Math Attitude Survey questionnaire is also administered to determine the respondents’ attitude towards math. Regression analysis was the main statistical tool used in the study along with other descriptive measures like the mean and standard deviation.

Results reveal that the College Algebra performance of students is lower below average, registering a mean of 72.80. Separate regression analysis for each course, stanine category, type of high school and attitude towards math reveal that from the three pre-identified factors, only HSMath GPA and OLSAT result can significantly predict College Algebra achievement. HSGPA is not as a significant predictor of achievement in College Algebra.