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ERIC Number: EJ1146576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Students' Decision-Making about A Level Psychology
Bowyer, Jessica; Carroll, Prerna
Psychology Teaching Review, v22 n1 p3-25 Spr 2016
A levels in England are moving from a modular to a linear system. Additionally, the AS and A level are being "decoupled", meaning that students will no longer undertake summative assessment at the end of the first year of study. Psychology may be particularly vulnerable to these changes as students often have no prior experience of the discipline. 768 current A level Psychology students responded to an online questionnaire about their decision-making at A level. Whilst subject interest was the primary motivator at AS level, decision-making was significantly more pragmatic at A level, as prior and expected attainment were the most influential factors. Additionally, students reported receiving very little advice about studying Psychology. These findings suggest that uptake of A-level Psychology is likely to be negatively affected by qualifications reform, but it may be possible to counteract this by ensuring students are informed about the benefits of studying Psychology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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