Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
The paper presents a program that seems to have resulted in statistically significant improvement in the performance of the third (final) year students of a three-year agricultural diploma program at an Indian school. The overall passing percentage increased from 19% for 38 students in the academic year 2015-16 to 48% for 45 students in the academic year 2016-17, and the total marks significantly increased from 55% to 61% (p value 0.005). The examination was conducted by a state university for several schools and had not undergone any significant changes in the two years that can influence the passing percentages. We chose three random colleges to check their performance and did not find significant difference (p value=0.29). The quality of the incoming students also did not change significantly (p value 0.84). The change in passing percentage may have been due to the program, that was developed systematically and executed meticulously. The key elements of the program included workshop of faculty members on the research-based instructional strategies that manifested in increased assignments and tests, remedial sessions for under-performers, and usage of relevant audio-visual clips and motivational movies. These activities were complemented by external interventions such as field visits and guest lectures. The school leadership's success in initiating campus interviews process also may have helped. The paper will provide details of all the interventions and further analysis of the resultant improvement.
Waychal, P. K., & Galande, P. R. (2018, June), Improving Performance of an Agricultural Diploma Student Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30632
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