ERIC Number: ED076377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Predictive Factors Associated with Final Grades in a General College Biology Course.
Craft, Larry N.
The purpose of this study was to arrive at a criterion for grade prediction for college freshmen enrolling in a non-laboratory biological science course. The independent variables employed (selected on the basis of availability from previous academic performance) were: (1) high school overall grade point average (GPA), (2) high school science grade average, (3) American College Test English standard score, (4) American College Test Natural Science standard score, (5) American College Test Composite standard score, and (6) first college semester overall GPA. All five of the pre-college achieved independent variables were found to be related to the dependent variable (biology grade). The strongest relationships were found between college biology grade and high school GPA and high school science grade average. No significant difference in grade predictability between the sexes was evident. Using a predictive formula derived by the author, it was found that, for the group of students in the sample, biology grades could be predicted (at the 0.05 level of significance) using the multivariate procedures described in the study. (Author/JR)
Descriptors: Achievement, Biology, College Science, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation, Grade Prediction, Predictive Measurement, Testing
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kentucky