Academic performance and student engagement in level 1 physics undergraduates

Casey, M.M. and McVitie, S. (2009) Academic performance and student engagement in level 1 physics undergraduates. European Journal of Physics, 30(5), pp. 1153-1161. (doi:10.1088/0143-0807/30/5/022)

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Abstract

At the beginning of academic year 2007–08, staff in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow started to implement a number of substantial changes to the administration of the level 1 physics undergraduate class. The main aims were to improve the academic performance and progression statistics. With this in mind, a comprehensive system of learning support was introduced, the main remit being the provision of an improved personal contact and academic monitoring and support strategy for all students at level 1. The effects of low engagement with compulsory continuous assessment components had already been observed to have a significant effect on students sitting in the middle of the grade curve. Analysis of data from the 2007–08 class showed that even some nominally high-achieving students achieved lowered grades due to the effects of low engagement. Nonetheless, academic and other support measures put in place during 2007–08 played a part in raising the passrate for the level 1 physics class by approximately 8% as well as raising the progression rate by approximately 10%.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Casey, Dr Morag and McVitie, Professor Stephen
Authors: Casey, M.M., and McVitie, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:European Journal of Physics
Publisher:Institute of Physics
ISSN:0143-0807
Published Online:14 August 2009

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