ERIC Number: EJ1021804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Success in First-Year University Physics and Mathematics Courses: Does the High-School Attended Make a Difference?
Adamuti-Trache, Maria; Bluman, George; Tiedje, Thomas
International Journal of Science Education, v35 n17 p2905-2927 2013
This paper considers school factors that contribute to a successful transition from high school to first-year university Physics courses at the University of British Columbia by employing a two-level hierarchical model. It is assumed that there is a relationship between student performance and the high school they graduated from. It is shown that school location and type affect student performance: students from public schools in the Metro Vancouver area perform better in first year compared to students from independent schools and schools in distant communities. The study also considers rankings of schools based on student performance in first-year university Physics and Calculus courses. These university-based rankings differ significantly (essentially in reverse order) from the well-known Fraser Institute rankings based on measures internal to high schools.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, College Science, Physics, Science Instruction, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Correlation, Science Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Geographic Location, Private Schools, Public Schools, Reputation, Neighborhoods, Gender Differences, Required Courses, Socioeconomic Status
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada