ERIC Number: EJ897818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Challenges Inherent in the Assessment of the Impact of Prerequisite Courses
Abou-Sayf, Frank K.
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, v17 n1 p13-19 Fall 2009
In this study, the different types of research designs used to assess the impact of prerequisite courses are presented. Supported by an in-depth literature review, the challenges that are faced in the assessment of the impact of prerequisites, from statistical to political, are identified and their pitfalls are pointed out. In particular, the challenges inherent in the use of quantitative methods--the preferred method in assessing the impact of prerequisites--are presented and discussed. In light of these challenges, the inference is made that efforts to validate prerequisites before they are established should replace efforts to assess their impact once they have been established. New trends to validate prerequisites based on novel identification and design paradigms are identified.
Descriptors: Prerequisites, Statistical Analysis, Required Courses, Program Effectiveness, Predictor Variables, Research Design, Community Colleges, College Curriculum, Two Year College Students, Prior Learning, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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