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Pages: 1176-1180
Publication year: 2013
ISBN: 978-84-616-2661-8
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 4-5 March, 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain


J. Van den Bossche1, T. Stevens2, A. Vermeyen3, A. Vandenabeele2, C. Van Soom1

1LESEC (Leuven Engineering and Science Education centre) (BELGIUM)
2KaHo Sint Lieven (BELGIUM)
3Laho SInt Lieven (BELGIUM)
Research in Flanders shows that only 40% of the 47 000 students who started higher education acquired all of the 60 credits during the academic year 2007-2008 [1]. This is partly due to a wrong choice of study [2]. Better support for making the right choice before the start and/or reorientation a few weeks after the start of the term seems to be more necessary than ever. But is it possible to predict the chance of success?
In previous research [3], we examined different tests that could be used for making a better choice before start or for reorientation after a few weeks. These tests examined elementary scientific and math skills. We focused on engineering students, bachelors students in electromechanics and bachelor students in construction. The scores on the tests were compared with the scores at the end of the term. Unlike what we expected, the tools seemed to have no predictive value. Although the chance of success increases as students scored higher, the coefficient of determination is too low to reliable predict the chance of success.
We continued this research and looked for other factors that could predict the chance of success. During the first week of the academic year 2012 2013 we measured besides elementary scientific and math skills also the motivation of the students. We compared these results with the scores on mid-term examens of the first semester.
In the paper we will give an overview of our current and coming research.
author = {Van den Bossche, J. and Stevens, T. and Vermeyen, A. and Vandenabeele, A. and Van Soom, C.},
series = {7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2013 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-616-2661-8},
issn = {2340-1079},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {4-5 March, 2013},
year = {2013},
pages = {1176-1180}}
AU - J. Van den Bossche AU - T. Stevens AU - A. Vermeyen AU - A. Vandenabeele AU - C. Van Soom
SN - 978-84-616-2661-8/2340-1079
PY - 2013
Y1 - 4-5 March, 2013
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2013 Proceedings
SP - 1176
EP - 1180
ER -
J. Van den Bossche, T. Stevens, A. Vermeyen, A. Vandenabeele, C. Van Soom (2013) TOOLS FOR PREDICTING STUDY SUCCESS?, INTED2013 Proceedings, pp. 1176-1180.