Predictors of learner performance in mathematics and science according to a large-scale study in Mpumalanga

  • Kobus Maree University of Pretoria, RSA
  • Colleen Aldous University of KwaZulu-Natal, RSA
  • Annemarie Hattingh University of Pretoria, RSA
  • Andre Swanepoel University of Pretoria, RSA
  • Mike van der Linde University of Pretoria, RSA


Eight hundred and ninety-nine (431 male, 467 female and one missing value) Grade 8 and 9 (n = 184 and 713, respectively, with two missing values) learners from secondary schools in Mpumalanga completed a science and mathematics questionnaire. Student's t tests showed that male and female, as well as language groups' scores, differed significantly. Stepwise non-linear regression shows that a combination of factors contributes significantly to learner, science and mathematics performance (R2 = 25%, 20%, and 11%, respectively).

South African Journal of Education Vol. 26(2) 2006: 229–252

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