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Basic mathematics test predicts statistics achievement and overall first year academic success

Lot Fonteyne UGent, Filip De Fruyt UGent, Nele Dewulf, Wouter Duyck UGent, Kris Erauw UGent, Katy Goeminne UGent, Jan Lammertyn UGent, Thierry Marchant UGent, Beatrijs Moerkerke UGent, Tom Oosterlinck UGent, et al. (2015) EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION. 30(1). p.95-118
abstract
In the psychology and educational science programs at Ghent University, only 36.1 % of the new incoming students in 2011 and 2012 passed all exams. Despite availability of information, many students underestimate the scientific character of social science programs. Statistics courses are a major obstacle in this matter. Not all enrolling students master the basic mathematical skills needed to pass statistics courses. Therefore, we propose a test that measures these skills. Our aim is to examine the predictive validity of the test with regard to the statistics course and also as to overall academic success. The results indicate that a test of very basic mathematics skills helps identify at-risk students at and before the start of the academic year. The practical implications of these results are discussed. The test aids the efficient use of means for remedial interventions and supports future students in choosing a higher education program that suits their potential.
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PERSONALITY, MODEL, ATTITUDES, PERFORMANCE, TEST ANXIETY, SCALE, DIFFICULTIES, METAANALYSIS, Academic success, Prediction, VALIDATION, Statistics, Passing, Basic mathematic skills, PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS
journal title
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION
Eur J Psychol Educ
volume
30
issue
1
pages
95 - 118
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000351396400006
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, EDUCATIONAL
JCR impact factor
1.008 (2015)
JCR rank
35/57 (2015)
JCR quartile
3 (2015)
ISSN
0256-2928
DOI
10.1007/s10212-014-0230-9
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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5706813
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5706813
date created
2014-09-22 08:38:38
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:39:36
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  abstract     = {In the psychology and educational science programs at Ghent University, only 36.1 \% of the new incoming students in 2011 and 2012 passed all exams. Despite availability of information, many students underestimate the scientific character of social science programs. Statistics courses are a major obstacle in this matter. Not all enrolling students master the basic mathematical skills needed to pass statistics courses. Therefore, we propose a test that measures these skills. Our aim is to examine the predictive validity of the test with regard to the statistics course and also as to overall academic success. The results indicate that a test of
very basic mathematics skills helps identify at-risk students at and before the start of the academic year. The practical implications of these results are discussed. The test aids the efficient use of means for remedial interventions and supports future students in choosing a higher education program that suits their potential.},
  author       = {Fonteyne, Lot and De Fruyt, Filip and Dewulf, Nele and Duyck, Wouter and Erauw, Kris and Goeminne, Katy and Lammertyn, Jan and Marchant, Thierry and Moerkerke, Beatrijs and Oosterlinck, Tom and Rosseel, Yves},
  issn         = {0256-2928},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION},
  keyword      = {PERSONALITY,MODEL,ATTITUDES,PERFORMANCE,TEST ANXIETY,SCALE,DIFFICULTIES,METAANALYSIS,Academic success,Prediction,VALIDATION,Statistics,Passing,Basic mathematic skills,PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {95--118},
  title        = {Basic mathematics test predicts statistics achievement and overall first year academic success},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10212-014-0230-9},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2015},
}

Chicago
Fonteyne, Lot, Filip De Fruyt, Nele Dewulf, Wouter Duyck, Kris Erauw, Katy Goeminne, Jan Lammertyn, et al. 2015. “Basic Mathematics Test Predicts Statistics Achievement and Overall First Year Academic Success.” European Journal of Psychology of Education 30 (1): 95–118.
APA
Fonteyne, L., De Fruyt, F., Dewulf, N., Duyck, W., Erauw, K., Goeminne, K., Lammertyn, J., et al. (2015). Basic mathematics test predicts statistics achievement and overall first year academic success. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION, 30(1), 95–118.
Vancouver
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Fonteyne L, De Fruyt F, Dewulf N, Duyck W, Erauw K, Goeminne K, et al. Basic mathematics test predicts statistics achievement and overall first year academic success. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION. 2015;30(1):95–118.
MLA
Fonteyne, Lot, Filip De Fruyt, Nele Dewulf, et al. “Basic Mathematics Test Predicts Statistics Achievement and Overall First Year Academic Success.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION 30.1 (2015): 95–118. Print.