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ERIC Number: ED062944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Pages: 63
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Varieties of Academic Performance.
Warren, Jonathan R.
The primary purpose of the present study, the identification and definition of the various components of academic performance, was accomplished by asking faculty members at 15 colleges belonging to the Western College Association to describe a top student, an average student, and a poor student in a specified class. The descriptions were analyzed and 7 categories of student performance were developed: (1) general intellectual ability; (2) inquisitiveness and intellectual venturesomeness; (3) problem-solving ability; (4) specific course-related intellectual performance; (5) approach to course; (6) academic performance; and (7) personal qualities. The first 4 major categories form a progression of capabilities from (1) those that students bring to college already well developed, through (2) capabilities they may acquire through exposure to intellectual activity, through (3) more specific learning acquired by observation of instructors and more advanced students as models, to (4) specifically taught knowledge and skills. Category 5 deals with attitudes and inclinations rather than capabilities, and category 6 includes specific kinds of academic behavior such as characteristic ways the student approaches college work and his style of academic behavior. The final category is something of a residual category for elements such as self-assurance and integrity. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Berkeley, CA.; Western Coll. Association, Oakland, CA.