June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Computing & Information Technology
Numerous studies have been conducted to predict final grades of students in a course using test scores, such as SAT and ACT, and high school performance as predictors (Delong, 1986; Jensen & Barron, 2014; Roşeanu & Drugaş, 2011; Zwick, 2005). While helpful for looking at overall performance, this is not useful when trying to identify students at risk of failing a particular course so that an intervention may be attempted. Thus, the purpose of this research is to investigate student performance on early assignments in a course as a predictor of their final course grades. Specifically, this study will examine the prediction of students' final course grades based on the first two assignments in undergraduate Information Technology courses at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Student work in courses taught in spring 2016 formed the sampling frame for this research. A sample of 110 students was selected using stratified cluster sampling with course levels (100, 200, 300, 400 level) as the strata and courses as clusters. Selection was carried out so as to result in a sample proportional to the percentage of students enrolled in each strata. The following data was collected for each student: points earned in the first two graded assignments, point value of the first two assignments, the type of the assignments, week in the semester the assignments were done, final grade, student class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) and student gender. Linear regression was used to predict the final course grade.
This study is currently ongoing. The study will be completed prior to the final submission date.
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Jensen, P. & Barron, J. (2014). Midterm and first-exam grades predict final grades in biology courses. Journal of College Science Teaching, 44(2), 82-89.
Roşeanu, G. & Drugaş, M. (2011). The admission criteria to the university as predictors for academic performance: A pilot study. Journal of Psychological and Educational Research, 19(2), 7-19.
Zwick, R. (2005). Predicting college grades and degree completion using high school grades and SAT scores: The role of student ethnicity and first language. American Educational Research Journal, 42, 439-464.
Ramanathan, P., & Fernandez, E. (2017, June), Can Early-Assignment Grades Predict Final Grades in IT Courses? Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28002
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