HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 33 no. 1 (2010)

Factors Affecting Math Performance

Ruth Quintillan-bugas

Discipline: Mathematics, Education



This paper aims to understand the learning styles and personality types of high and low performing high school students in Math. It is through understanding these factors that the teaching-learning process can become more effective and meaningful. The basis for classifying students into high or low was their Math grade. Students with Math grades of 79 and below were classified as low performing and students with Math grades of 90 and above were classified as high performing. The respondents were culled from four school years and across year levels. For learning styles, the total number of respondents was 270 with 139 for high performing and 131 for low performing. For personality types, the total number of respondents was 83 with 48 for high performing and 35 for low performing. Data was analyzed using one-way analysis of variance and chisquare.

Results revealed that both groups preferred visual learning. However significant differences in visual learning materials and personality types were found. High performing students were more likely to be introverts and thinking types, while low performing students were more likely to be extroverts and feeling types which means that understanding and processing of mathematical concepts and principles vary across learning preferences, interests and motivation.