The relationship between previous academic achievement and subsequent success at university was explored in a retrospective study of 56 UK psychology students. It was found that the subjects studied at A-level, and the grades obtained, did not predict performance at university. In contrast, GCSE grades, in particular those achieved in Science and English, were significant predictors of final year marks. Once at university, first and second year results had an incremental ability to predict final year performance, with an additional effect of undertaking a work placement. The implications of the results are discussed within the context of recent literature relating to cognitive and non-cognitive predictors of academic performance.
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Cognitive and non-cognitive predictors of academic performance in psychology students: how useful are these for identifying potential to succeed at university?Author: Huws, N., Jul 2007
Supervisor: Talcott, J. B. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of PhilosophyFile