Poor Performance in Grade 9 Mathematics: Students’ Attributions

- Saeedullah


The present study investigated secondary school students’ views about their poor performance in the subject of mathematics in Lahore. The study was descriptive in nature and survey research design with a qualitative approach was used. The researcher developed an open-ended questionnaire and purposively selected 40 participants (20 boys and 20 girls) from 10 secondary schools to collect the data. The thematic analysis was done to analyze the qualitative data. It was found that the students’ idleness and their negative attitude towards mathematics were the main reasons for their poor performance in mathematics. Incompetency and strictness of the teachers were also the reasons for their students’ poor performance in mathematics. It was recommended that counseling centers for the students may be established to overcome external and internal factors of students’ failures in mathematics. Moreover, the pieces of training for pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers were also recommended.

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