ERIC Number: ED060783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Student Grade Expectations, Selected Characteristics, and Academic Performance for Education, Engineering and Business Majors.
Ayers, Jerry B.; Rohr, Michael E.
There is a strong indication that a student's estimate of his achievement may be more accurate than teacher or peer evaluation. Furthermore, a teacher can help a student improve his self-evaluation over a period of time if the teacher takes into consideration aspects of the student's personality. The purpose of this study was to determine: (1) if a student's estimate of his academic performance was more accurate initially than at points halfway through and at the end of the term; (2) if age, sex, quality point average, grade received, or personality variables, as measured by the 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire, would differ significantly among the students who accurately estimated from those who either overestimated or underestimated their final grade in a course; and (3) if there were differences for these variables between the 3 groups of students in the fields of education, engineering, and business. The findings of the study were in opposition to previous studies. They show that: (1) students were best able to evaluate their performance at the beginning of the term; (2) there was little difference between high achieving and low achieving students in ability to predict their course grade, but older students proved more accurate than the younger students; and (3) none of the personality factors were found to be significant for over, under, and accurate estimators in any of their respective academic areas. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville.
Note: Presented before the American Educational Research Association, April, 1972, Chicago, Illinois