publication . Article . 2008

Predicting university performance in psychology: the role of previous performance and discipline-specific knowledge

Betts, LR; Elder, TJ; Hartley, J; Blurton, A;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2008 Journal: Educational Studies, volume 34, pages 543-556 (issn: 0305-5698, eissn: 1465-3400, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: Italy
Abstract
Recent initiatives to enhance retention and widen participation ensure it is crucial to understand the factors that predict students' performance during their undergraduate degree. The present research used Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) to test three separate models that examined the extent to which British Psychology students' A-level entry qualifications predicted: (1) their performance in years 1-3 of their Psychology degree, and (2) their overall degree performance. Students' overall A-level entry qualifications positively predicted performance during their first year and overall degree performance, but negatively predicted their performance during thei...
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free text keywords: Education, Pedagogy, Higher education, business.industry, business, Structural equation modeling, Academic achievement, Psychology, Specific knowledge, Mathematics education
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