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ERIC Number: EJ1062793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: EISSN-2161-4210
Examining College Students' Gains in General Education
Pastor, Dena A.; Kaliski, Pamela K.; Weiss, Brandi A.
Research & Practice in Assessment, v2 p4-17 Sum 2007
Do students change as a result of completing their general education requirement? This question was examined by using a pretest/posttest design with five different cohorts of students required to complete a general education program in American history and politics. Differences among various groups in Cohen's d (the standardized difference between pretest and posttest means) were examined using hierarchical linear modeling. Results indicated that differences could be explained by how the requirement was fulfilled; negligible gains were found for students using advanced placement or transfer credit (0.04-0.18), whereas moderate/large gains were found for students who had completed the university course(s) (0.42-0.90). The gain found for students yet to fulfill the requirement (0.28) was explained by the large presence in that group of students currently enrolled in the course. Different definitions of d used with the pretest/posttest design are described and implications of the results for assessment are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia