The effects of several student characteristics on their performance in an introductory course in animal science were studied. The subject matter of the course was oriented heavily toward the biological sciences. As a group, sophomore, junior, and senior students scored significantly higher than freshmen students. (P<.005). Some of the data studied indicated animal science majors scored significantly higher than students with other majors. No differences were observed between male and female students nor between students with less than three years of farm background and those with more than five. The number of women in the course and the number of students without farm backgrounds have both increased rapidly during the last five years.



student performance, animal science

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