Relationship between entry qualifications and performance in graduate education

Alias, Maizam and Mohd Zain, Ahmad Faisal (2006) Relationship between entry qualifications and performance in graduate education. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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Quality of students' intakes is one of the factors that contribute to quality of graduates. Where post-graduate studies is concerned undergraduate CPAs has always been the strong basis for either rejecting or accepting an applicant. For a course of study of the same discipline, it is a accepted believe that, high CPA at degree level is associated with good performance at graduate level. Less known is how good the undergraduate CPA at predicting performance in graduate studies. Much less known is how good CPA in one discipline at predicting CPA in another discipline. In this study, we attempted to discover the relationship between undergraduate CPAs, field of study at undergraduate level, and graduate performance in technical teacher training programme. Our sample was 612 students from five cohorts of the Masters in Technical and Vocational Education programme. Our data were based on students' academic records. Using Pearson product Moment correlations method, we found that overall; the correlations between undergraduate and graduate CPAs are weak but statistically significant (r=0.35, p<0.01). Our analyses on the outlier cases indicate an association between active participations in co-curricular activities at the undergraduate level and high graduate CPA. We therefore recommend that in addition to undergraduate CPA, other variables could be looked into for selection of students into graduate studies.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Faculty of Technical Education > Department of Professional Education
ID Code:1934
Deposited By:M.Iqbal Zainal A
Deposited On:05 Oct 2011 15:49
Last Modified:05 Oct 2011 15:49

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