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ERIC Number: EJ876485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
The Academic Performance of Mature and Traditional-Entry Psychology Students at Keele University: A Replication Study
Larkin, Derek; Hartley, James
Psychology Teaching Review, v14 n1 p65-71 2008
In this study we report the findings that we obtained when we repeated a study conducted approximately 10 years ago. In the initial study we found that mature students did as well as traditional-entry ones in first-year essays and examinations. However, they did less well initially when writing laboratory reports. In this replication study these results were reversed. This time our mature students did as well as the traditional entry-ones on their laboratory reports, better than the traditional-entry ones at essay writing, but worse on their examinations. Some possible causes for these findings are discussed, and the paper concludes by examining the final degree performance (some two years later) of these two groups of students. Here there were no significant differences between them. (Contains 4 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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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom