ERIC Number: ED121617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
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Prerequisite Courses as Predictors of Achievement in the Natural Sciences. OASIS Research Report #3.
Hedges, Larry V.; Majer, Kenneth
A study was conducted to determine the relationship between grades received in prerequisite biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses and subsequent average grades received in science major areas. Seven major areas were investigated. Subjects were students who graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), who had taken both their science major coursework and lower division coursework at UCSD. The range of multiple correlations between prerequisite courses and average grades in major was 0.715 to 0.899. The results support the validity of prerequisite courses as predictors of success in major areas of study, even though the best predictors for success in a given field were not always courses in the same content area. Implications for future systems of diagnosis and prediction are made. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Diego.