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Pages: 39-47
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2016.1005

Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES: IDENTIFICATION OF DETERMINANT FACTORS

M.I. López Rodríguez1, D.G. Palací López2, J. Palací López3

1Universidad de Valencia (SPAIN)
2Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (SPAIN)
3Luz Wabelabs S.L. (SPAIN)
The plan of studies of current degrees contemplate the existence of mandatory, optional and basic training. Within this latter type and in the case of the University of Valencia, we find statistics courses in most Social Sciences’ degrees with very different academic results.

Such differences seem to originate, according to the experience of the academic staff, from heterogeneities in the studets' pre-university studies background and from their familiarity with quantitative subjects. In the degree of Tourism the geographical origin of students was found to be an additional and seemingly discriminant factor, given that this is one of the degrees where students’ geographical diversity becomes more noticeable.

Taking all of this into account, the present work carries out an analysis which aims to identify, by using descriptive and inferential techniques, whether any of the previously mentioned factors significantly influences the academic performance of the students in the subject of Statistics, part of the basic training for students in the degree of Tourism.

The data sample employed for the aforementioned analysis was collected thanks to an electronic voting system (EVS) which was used by different lecturers, under a same teaching and evaluation methodology, during the lessons. The marks obtained by the students, in both their continuous evaluation and final exam, are also employed.

The results obtained found an increased performance for students with a background in training courses, as well as a higher performance in the continuous evaluation for students with little to no background on quantitative subjects. These results suggest the necessity to consider heterogeneous teaching methodologies, which take into account the particular needs of different subgroups of students, in detriment of currently employed homogeneous approaches.
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title = {ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES: IDENTIFICATION OF DETERMINANT FACTORS},
series = {10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2016 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-608-5617-7},
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SN - 978-84-608-5617-7/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2016.1005
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JO - 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
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M.I. López Rodríguez, D.G. Palací López, J. Palací López (2016) ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES: IDENTIFICATION OF DETERMINANT FACTORS, INTED2016 Proceedings, pp. 39-47.
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