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The influence of university entry scores on student performance in engineering mechanics


Thomas, G and Henderson, A and Goldfinch, T, The influence of university entry scores on student performance in engineering mechanics, Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 17, (1) pp. 19-25. ISSN 1324-5821 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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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 studentsí 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, studentsí entry scores have instead been shown to provide a "risk factor", whereby studentsí risk of failing the subject can be determined by entry score ranges. The tracking of changes in risk factors may be used to gauge the effectiveness of educational developments in the delivery of engineering mechanics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Thomas, G (Professor Giles Thomas)
UTAS Author:Henderson, A (Associate Professor Alan Henderson)
ID Code:75946
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2012-02-21
Last Modified:2017-10-25

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