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ERIC Number: ED345783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Eligibility for Freshman Composition and Success in Introductory Psychology.
In 1991, a study was conducted at Golden West College (California) to determine whether there was a significant relationship between eligibility for English 100, a university-transferable writing course, and success in Introductory Psychology. The sample consisted of students appearing on first-day rosters of Introductory Psychology classes in the fall 1990 semester. The grades of these students were compiled from course grade lists, and data on assessment test scores and previous experience with English writing courses were obtained from student records. Of the 349 students in the sample, 164 (47%) were eligible for English 100, while 185 (53%) were not. Overall, slightly less than half (171 or 48.9%) ultimately completed the course with a passing grade. There was a statistically significant relationship between eligibility for English 100 and the likelihood of passing Psychology 100. The same analysis was conducted for students remaining on the rosters at the fourth week of the semester, thus eliminating those who dropped the course early. Of these 297 students, 137 (46.1%) were eligible for English 100, whereas 161 (53.9%) were not eligible. Of this cohort, 171 (57.4%) eventually passed the course. For this cohort, there was a significant relationship between Psychology 100 outcome and English 100 eligibility status, as well. However, while there was clear evidence of a relationship between the variables, eligibility for English 100 was neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for success in Psychology 100. An appendix provides related data tables and graphs. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Golden West Coll., Huntington Beach, CA.