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Effectiveness of UK and international A-level assessment in predicting performance in engineering

Birch, David M. and Rienties, Bart (2014). Effectiveness of UK and international A-level assessment in predicting performance in engineering. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 51(6) pp. 642–652.

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In many universities, admissions decisions are made based upon the advanced-level (A-Level) results. The purpose of this study was to assess the value of A-level and international equivalents as a predictor of early achievement in higher education. About 135 UK and 92 international undergraduate engineering students from 35 countries were assessed at different stages of their instruction. The results show that the key predictor for academic performance is whether or not the students received a British education. The implications are that more policies and awareness are needed in order to effectively support international students in engineering during their transitional process.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1470-3300
Keywords: A-levels; engineering; predicting academic performance; international students
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Item ID: 41818
Depositing User: Bart Rienties
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 13:51
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 20:45
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