Student’s Perception of the Maritime Profession: Its Influence on Academic Performance

Teruel, Melba O. “ Student’s Perception of the Maritime Profession: Its Influence on Academic Performance.” Unpublished Master’s Thesis, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation, Inc. Graduate School, Iloilo City, February 2002.

Abstract

    This study determined the influence of perception of the maritime students of St. Therese-MTC Colleges. The participants of this study were 120 randomly selected maritime students using quota-sampling technique between the Bachelor of Science in Maritime Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of science in Maritime Engineering (BSMar E). this descriptive research study utilized the research made rating scale. Statistical techniques used were means and standard deviations, the Wilcoxon rank –sum test  Kruskal- Wallis test and the Kendall’s tau_b test. A 0.05 level of significance (alpha ) was selected. The study revealed that the participants of this study were average in their academic performance and they seem to have moderately favorable perception of the maritime profession. There was  no significant relationship between their academic performance and perception of the maritime profession. Significant difference was noted in the perception of the maritime profession and academic performance when the students were grouped according to their secondary scholastic achievement. Student with lower perception of the maritime profession than those who had higher secondary scholastic achieve  seemed to have a lower perception of the maritime profession than those who had higher secondary scholastic achievement. No significant differences were noted in the perception of the maritime profession and academic performance of the students when grouped according to high school of origin, presence of seafarer in the family, socio-economic status, and mother’s highest educational attainment.