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Student characteristics and prediction of success in a conventional university mathematics course


Watson, JM, Student characteristics and prediction of success in a conventional university mathematics course, Journal of Experimental Education, 56, (4) pp. 203-212. ISSN 0022-0973 (1988) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1988 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/00220973.1988.10806489


Data from 169 students on 22 variables were used to study the relationships among characteristics often asso­ciated with learning mathematics, to develop models for predicting performance during and following a univer­sity mathematics course, and to explore sex differences in the variables and prediction models. Of 231 correla­tions among the variables, 152 were significant at the . 05 level, indicating the existence of associations useful for developing prediction models. Previous work in mathematics, quantitative ability, precourse knowledge of the subject, and self-concept were among the covari­ates found to be useful in predicting end-of-course per­formance and long-term retention of concepts. Sex dif­ferences associated with better predictability of results for females were not confirmed by these data.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:student characteristics and prediction of success, conventional university mathematics
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:137668
Year Published:1988
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Education
Deposited On:2020-02-26
Last Modified:2020-08-11

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