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ERIC Number: ED281421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Predictors of Grades for Black Americans in a Non-Calculus, Preprofessional Physics Sequence.
Vincent, Harold A.; And Others
Variables to predict grades in a noncalculus, preprofessional college physics course at Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically-black institution, were identified using linear regression. The two-semester, noncalculus physics course emphasizes the application of physics in the health professions. The study population consisted of 123 students majoring in biology, chemistry, or prepharmacy who enrolled in the first-semester physics course. Of this number, 104 enrolled in the second-semester physics course. It was found that high school grade point average was the best predictor of grade in the first semester of physics and that the accuracy of prediction could be improved by adding either the American College Testing program (ACT) composite score or ACT English score. The best predictor of grade in the second-semester of physics was determined to be grade in the first-semester course. Inclusion of high school grade point average and scores on the Nelson-Denny Reading Exam improved grade prediction. It was recommended that different predictive procedures be used for black males and females. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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