Investigating students’ perception towards economics education / Azniza Ahmad Zaini, Roslilee Abdul Halim and Zulkifli Ab. Ghani Hilmi

Ahmad Zaini, Azniza and Abdul Halim, Roslilee and Ab. Ghani Hilmi, Zulkifli (2008) Investigating students’ perception towards economics education / Azniza Ahmad Zaini, Roslilee Abdul Halim and Zulkifli Ab. Ghani Hilmi. Gading Journal For The Social Sciences, 12 (02). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2600-7568

Abstract

This paper investigates the perception and attitudes of non-business major students in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) towards economics education and their relationship on students’ academic performance. One of the key performance indicators in the academic programme of the university is to achieve less than twenty percent failures in all subjects offered. A four-semester examination results revealed that students constantly obtained high failure rate in two economics introductory subjects. Using students taking these two economics courses as respondents, dimensions of attitudes towards economics education were identified through the use of an exploratory factor analysis. Four factors were extracted from a 26-item questionnaire identified as ‘Value’, ‘Difficulty’, ‘Cognitive’ and ‘Affective’. Cronbach’s Alpha for the four factors was acceptable. The findings suggested that there was no significant difference between male and female students on the four dimensions of attitude even though the achievement of female students’ was higher than males. Students who did not perform were found to have a more negative attitude on the four dimensions of attitude compared to those who performed. Regression of the final exam scores on the four latent variables obtained from the factor analysis revealed that subject difficulty and gender, taken together, were significantly associated with students’ achievement.

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Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsID Num. / Email
Ahmad Zaini, Aznizanizazaini@pahang.uitm.edu.my
Abdul Halim, Roslileeroslilee@pahang.uitm.edu.my
Ab. Ghani Hilmi, Zulkiflizulghani@pahang.uitm.edu.my
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Cognitive learning. Thinking skills. Critical thinking
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Educational productivity
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pahang > Jengka Campus
Journal or Publication Title: Gading Journal For The Social Sciences
Journal: UiTM Journal > Gading Journal for the Social Sciences
ISSN: 2600-7568
Volume: 12
Number: 02
Page Range: pp. 1-18
Item ID: 29843
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitude, Cognitive skills, Factor analysis, Reliability, Multiple regressione
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/29843

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