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ERIC Number: EJ773525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Making the Grade: Predicting Retention in Undergraduate Teacher Education
Vare, Jonatha W.; Dewalt, Mark W.; Dockery, E. Ray
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v5 n3 p275-292 2003-2004
Researchers describe results from a longitudinal study of variables predicting retention in undergraduate teacher education. Selected teacher candidates' background characteristics were correlated with undergraduate grade point ratio (GPR) as a measure of academic success. The sample consisted of 657 candidates in an initial course in teacher education. Data collection included the following: high school GPR; SAT scores; other pre-enrollment information such as parents' occupations and educational levels; and scores on McCarthy's Learning Type Measure (LTM) which reports four learning preferences or types. Multiple regression analysis revealed five significant variables that predicted first-year spring GPR in descending order: 1) SAT-V score; 2) SAT-M score; 3) high school GPR; 4) level of father's education; and 5) thinking/reflecting score on the LTM. Researchers discuss implications for teacher candidates' academic success. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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