ERIC Number: EJ1127285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Unexpected Benefits of Pre-University Skills Training for A-Level Students
Jones, H. L.; Gaskell, E. H.; Prendergast, J. R.; Bavage, A. D.
Educational Studies, v43 n1 p67-70 2017
First-year undergraduates can find the transition from the prescriptive learning environment at school to one of self-directed learning at university, a considerable challenge. A Pre-university Skills Course (PSC) was developed to address this issue by preparing sixth formers for the university learning style. It was piloted with students in the year prior to A-level examinations at a selective state-funded school in East Anglia. The present paper examines the effect of the course on the students' A-level tariff. Chi-squared analysis of A-level grades of students with comparable GCSE results, indicate that students who undertook the PSC performed significantly better in their A-level results than those who did not. These data demonstrate how skills training might improve A-level performance and assist in the transition to university.
Descriptors: High School Students, Educational Benefits, Skill Development, Prior Learning, College Preparation, Statistical Analysis, Transitional Programs, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom