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ERIC Number: ED139087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Pages: 22
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The Relationship Among Student Decisions, Educational Resources, and Resource Effectiveness. Working Paper 303.
Wells, Stuart
Most analyses of the effectiveness of educational systems or technologies report results in terms of the impact of educational resources on educational outputs, with virtually no attention to the decisions the student may make or the time the student takes to learn the course content. Focusing on the student as an important decision-maker leads to a different model of the educational process, although the typical educational production function is still represented. In this study it was hypothesized that the attendance and studying decisions of the student are affected by the quality of the available educational resources, as well as the initial knowledge and background characteristics of the student. This model was tested using data from a sample of 1,510 first-year economics students at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Results of the data analysis clearly showed that students may substitute for inferior educational resources (class, school, media, and teacher) and that these substitutions may result in findings of no significant impact by resources on outputs. By using results from production function studies to allocate educational resources, we may force the student to pay a higher price in terms of his own time. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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