oa South African Journal of Chemistry - Measuring the impact of academic development courses in first- and second-year chemistry : research article
|Article Title||Measuring the impact of academic development courses in first- and second-year chemistry : research article|
|© Publisher:||South African Chemical Institute (SACI)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Chemistry|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||189 - 199|
|Keyword(s)||Academic development, Academic performance, Chemistry, Educational interventions, Multivariate analysis and South Africa|
This paper uses multivariate analysis to estimate the impact of educational interventions in the first-year academic development chemistry courses on students' final course marks. The cohorts for seven years are pooled, which generates a more robust set of results than was previously the case. To counter the sample-selection problem that arises as academic development students are placed onto the academic development programme, a selection of control variables is included in the estimations. The results suggest that the educational interventions in the first year had a positive impact on academic development students' performance, relative to mainstream students, in both the first- and second-year courses. The implications of the results for education policy and research are considered.
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