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ERIC Number: EJ756854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0272-7757
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Grant, Darren
Economics of Education Review, v26 n2 p201-214 Apr 2007
We determine how much observed student performance in microeconomics principles can be attributed, inferentially, to three kinds of student academic "productivity," the instructor, demographics, and unmeasurables. The empirical approach utilizes an ordered probit model that relates student performance in micro to grades in prior coursework, demographic information, instructor characteristics, and SAT scores. The micro grade is somewhat informative about general productivity but conveys little information about the most refined type of academic productivity or instructor grading standards, although there is great variation in the average grades given by different instructors. Because of a large unpredictable component of grade determination, however, differences in micro performance across individuals are mostly attributable to non-productivity related factors. As a result, it is very difficult to improve the information individual grades provide about student productivity. Averages of several grades, however, can provide useful information about the productivity of students and the effectiveness of instructors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)