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The Influence of University Entry Scores on Performance in Engineering Mechanics


Thomas, GA and Henderson, AD and Goldfinch, TL, The Influence of University Entry Scores on Performance in Engineering Mechanics, Proceedings of 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 6-9 December 2009, University of Adelaide, pp. 980-985. ISBN 1876346604 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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An ongoing study into the causes of poor student performance in engineering mechanics has uncovered some intriguing data on the relationships between students’ university entry scores and their performance in engineering mechanics courses. Statistical analysis has shown that the expected correlations between this key measure used to determine students eligibility for study and engineering mechanics score either do not exist, or are too weak to base educational interventions on. However, students’ entry scores have instead been shown to provide a ‘risk factor’, whereby students’ risk of failing the subject can be determined by entry score ranges. These risk factors may be used to gauge the effectiveness of educational developments in engineering mechanics, particularly when faced with small data sets.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Education assessment and evaluation
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Thomas, GA (Professor Giles Thomas)
UTAS Author:Henderson, AD (Associate Professor Alan Henderson)
ID Code:59956
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Austn Centre for Research in Separation Science
Deposited On:2009-12-23
Last Modified:2015-03-25

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