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ERIC Number: ED122874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 22
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Dropouts in Two-Year Colleges: Better Prediction with the Use of Moderator Subgroups.
Capoor, Madan; Eagle, Norman
Failure to identify and account for the effect of moderator variables is an important reason for the low explanatory power of much educational research. Pre-existing subgroups such as sex, ethnicity, and curriculum offer an easily identifiable and theoretically meaningful source of moderator variables. Tests for intercept and slope differences in a multiple regression analysis offer a convenient and reliable way to test the significance of these moderator variables. Using this improved statistical methodology, this paper analyzes data on 32 cognitive and non-cognitive variables collected on the Bronx Community College freshman class at the time of their entry in fall 1972. The 32 variables include measures of personality, family background, attitudes, aspirations, and academic ability. At the end of one year, the 984 sampled students were classified as dropouts or persisters, and the variables were examined to determine their effectiveness as predictors of persistence. The categories of sex, ethnicity, and curriculum were selected to test for their moderating effect. Complete statistical data are included, as are separate tables listing significant predictor variables for the 12 curriculum sub-populations. Definitions of the predictor variables are appended. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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