ERIC Number: ED222333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Predicting Performance in Jamaican Teachers' Colleges. Final Report of the Teachers' Validity Study.
Mitchelmore, M. C.
This study investigated the relation between the entering characteristics of the 1,210 students who entered the 7 residential teachers' colleges in Jamaica in September 1976 and their subsequent performance in college. There were 41 predictor variables (encompassing biographical data, previous education and work experience, and general and specific performance in public examinations) and 33 criterion variables (specific and average grades in compulsory and optional examination subjects, teaching practice, internship and individual study). The data were analyzed in a series of multiple linear regression analyses in which poor predictors were successively eliminated. It was found that the examination average grade could be most efficiently predicted using a student's number of 0-level passes and the scores on either the English and Mathematics or the Learning Potential entrance examination, giving a multiple correlation of about 0.50 in all courses. Performance on English and Mathematics was best predicted using the corresponding entrance examination score, but performance on other college examinations and on teaching could not be reliably predicted using the data collected. Based on these results, several recommendations are made concerning the selection of students for the new Diploma course introduced in September 1981 and its preliminary year. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica).
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