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ERIC Number: EJ816907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Better Late than Never? The Relation of Registration Date to Class Performance
Ford, Gary G.; Stahl, Kandy J.; Walker, Michael E.; Ford, Angela M.
College Student Journal, v42 n2 p402-407 Jun 2008
This study investigated whether students who register for classes earlier perform better. Student registration date and time was recorded for five undergraduate psychology classes from the beginning of pre-registration through the last day to add a course--88 data collection points. The major dependent variable was students' course performance. Correlational results for the total sample (n = 253) indicated a significant inverse relation between registration latency (i.e., length of time waited before registering) and course grade, course average, and semester GPA (all p less than 0.01), consistent with our hypothesis. A multiple regression analysis indicated that registration latency was the only statistically significant predictor of course grade (beta = -0.22, p less than 0.001). Potential explanations include individual differences in conscientiousness and the many undesirable consequences of registering later. (Contains 2 tables.)
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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: Texas