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ERIC Number: EJ901622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Taking an "Inquiry" Course Makes a Difference: A Comparative Analysis of Student Learning
Justice, Christopher; Rice, James; Warry, Wayne; Laurie, Irene
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v18 n1 p57-77 2007
The authors examined whether taking a first-year "Inquiry" course, Inquiry in Social Science (1SS3), makes a difference in students' learning and performance. Using five years of data from McMaster University, they compared students who took first-year "Inquiry" with comparable students who did not in terms of how well students performed during their academic careers. The analysis accounts for initial differences between the two samples in age, gender, high school grade point average, and high school English grades. Taking the "Inquiry" course was associated with statistically significant positive differences in students' earning passing grades, achieving Honours, staying on the Dean's Honour list, and remaining in the university. These results lead the authors to the conclusion that taking "Inquiry" makes a positive difference in students' academic careers. (Contains 7 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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