Non-cognitive factors of learning as predictors of academic performance in tertiary education

Gray, G. and McGuinness, C. and Owende, P. (2014) Non-cognitive factors of learning as predictors of academic performance in tertiary education. [Conference Proceedings]

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Abstract

This paper reports on an application of classification and regression models to identify college students at risk of failing in first year of study. Data was gathered from three student cohorts in the academic years 2010 through 2012 (n=1207). Students were sampled from fourteen academic courses in five disciplines, and were diverse in their academic backgrounds and abilities. Metrics used included noncognitive psychometric indicators that can be assessed in the early stages after enrolment, specifically factors of personality, motivation, self regulation and approaches to learning. Models were trained on students from the 2010 and 2011 cohorts, and tested on students from the 2012 cohort. Is was found that classification models identifying students at risk of failing had good predictive accuracy (> 79%) on courses that had a significant proportion of high risk students (over 30%).

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Additional Information: Conference code: 110385; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Gray, G.; Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Blanchardstown Road North, Ireland; References: Achen, C., Intrepreting and using regression. 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Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic performance; Educational data mining; Learning analytics; Learning approach; Learning style; Motivation; Non cognitive factors of learning; Personality; Self-regulation; Data mining; Deregulation; Education; Education computing; Regression analysis; Cognitive factors; Self regulation; Students
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 21:14
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 20:05
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2395

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