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SCREENING FIRST YEAR STUDENTS FOR READINESS TO STUDY PSYCHOLOGY. John Bathurst , Aaron Jarden & Nancy Weaver. INTRODUCTION. The Open Polytechnic of NZ provides Psychology courses from Level 5 – 7 as part of Diploma and Degree courses Many of our students are: Adult learners

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screening first year students for readiness to study psychology

SCREENING FIRST YEAR STUDENTS FOR READINESS TO STUDY PSYCHOLOGY

John Bathurst, Aaron Jarden & Nancy Weaver

introduction
INTRODUCTION
  • The Open Polytechnic of NZ provides Psychology courses from Level 5 – 7 as part of Diploma and Degree courses
  • Many of our students are:
    • Adult learners
    • Part-time students
    • Sometimes with minimal secondary qualifications
    • Some have not studied for several years before enrolling with us
  • Students vary greatly in:
    • Motivation
    • Preparedness to study
    • Ability to complete the course work
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Overall, many students struggle with the transition from their previous education into tertiary level courses. This is particularly evident in the introductory courses, 73195 General and Applied Psychology, and 73196 Social and Individual Psychology

the problem
THE PROBLEM
  • Limited student success in these courses:
    • Poor retentions: Currently around 40-50%
    • Poor successful completions
    • Low pass rates: Currently around 60-65%
  • Lack of student understanding of Psychology as a field:
    • Students are unprepared for the scientific level of content in psychology
    • Students are unaware of what studying psychology entails
the problem 2
THE PROBLEM (2)
  • Stressful workload for tutors:
    • High maintenance lab report and essay assignments with marks often around 40-60%
    • Large volume of student contacts (email, phone), many of which reflect:
      • Lack of basic study skills
      • Lack of general academic preparedness
the solution
THE SOLUTION
  • Develop a pre-test to measure basic readiness to study
  • Calibrate the pre-test
  • Divert identified strugglers into a preparatory / bridging programme
the pre test
THE PRE-TEST
  • The aim of the psychology pre-test is to distinguish between students who are likely to successfully complete the course, and those who are likely to fail
  • The pre-test is designed to work on two levels:
    • Firstly the pre-test provides students with a glimpse into psychological study content areas and requirements, which should reduce the discrepancy between student expectations and the reality of the course
    • Secondly, the pre-test is intended to gauge general academic proficiency, specifically student verbal and numerical literacy, and therefore their likely ability to complete the course work
test design 1
TEST DESIGN (1)
  • Two preparation items. Do students have the time and resources to complete this course now?
    • Time:
      • Do you have 10-12 hours a week to devote to studying for each course you would like to enrol in?
    • Resources:
      • Do you have the necessary resources for your courses? For example, money for text books, access to a computer for writing assignments, access to a phone to contact your tutor, etc
test design 2
TEST DESIGN (2)
  • 11 understanding items. Do students have the basic verbal and numerical literacy needed to complete this course now?
    • 3 maths items: Calculate mean, calculate mode, create a table
    • 3 comprehension items requiring student writing: Read a short text then summarize in own words
    • 5 multi-choiceitems requiring student to choose correct answer: Read a short text and then answer multiple choice questions on it
typical maths item
TYPICAL MATHS ITEM

Researchers in psychology often calculate averages or “means” for groups of scores. For example, a researcher may read out a list of words to a group of research participants and then test how many words on average are remembered. A mean (or average) is calculated by adding scores in a group of scores and then dividing that total by the number of scores in the group. For example, 3 + 4 + 12 = 19. 19 divided by 3 = a mean of 6.333

Calculate the mean of the following set of scores (you may use a calculator for this task if you wish):

18 7 65 46 90 12 4 22

Mean = _______

responses
RESPONSES
  • 90% get the right answer of 33
  • 3.0% have answers around 33
  • 0.8% find it too hard and don’t give an answer
  • 1.7% have answers around 14.67 (total / 18)
  • 3.3% have answers around 88 (total / 3)
  • 0.4% give an answer of 244.75 (how?)

Simple arithmetic errors abound

N=781

a surprisingly hard item 1
A surprisingly hard item (1)

Researchers in psychology often show their scores in a Table to depict their results to others who are interested in the findings. In the Table below, enter the following mean scores, where three different groups of participants have completed a reaction time task. The symbol ‘n’ is used to show the number of participants in a particular group while the symbol ‘N’ is used to show the total number of participants in the experiment. Enter each ‘n’ and the ‘N’ into the table also

a surprisingly hard item 2
A surprisingly hard item (2)

20 ambidextrous people gave a mean time of 1.2 seconds, 23 right handed people gave a mean time of 2.6 seconds while 17 left handed people gave a mean time of 1.8 seconds

Table 1

Mean reaction time to complete task (in seconds)

Handedness n Mean time (in seconds)

Ambidextrous

Right handed

Left handed

N =

36% are unable to do this correctly

typical comprehension item
TYPICAL COMPREHENSION ITEM

Read the following paragraph, then summarize the key information in the paragraph in one SHORT sentence, IN YOUR OWN WORDS

When parental love seems conditional, that is, dependent on certain behaviours, children often block out of their self-concept those experiences that make them feel unworthy of love. They do so because they’re worried about parental acceptance, which appears precarious. At the other end of the spectrum, some parents make their affection unconditional. Their children have less need to block out unworthy experiences because they’ve been assured that they’re worthy of affection, no matter what they do

typical multi choice item 1
TYPICAL MULTI-CHOICE ITEM (1)

Read the passage below and then choose the best answer to the question by circling the letter beside it. Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage

A Russian physiologist called Ivan Pavlov did some research early last century. He found that when he repeatedly sounded a tone to some dogs as he presented them with food, the dogs eventually salivated to the tone on its own. By being associated with the food, the tone itself had acquired the capacity to trigger the response of salivation. This came to be known as classical conditioning, where the unconditioned stimulus (the food) evokes an unconditioned response (salivation), that is, a response that occurs without previous learning. The previously neutral conditioned stimulus (tone) acquires, through conditioning, the capacity to evoke a conditioned or learned response (salivation)

typical multi choice item 2
TYPICAL MULTI-CHOICE ITEM (2)

Question:

  • Rachel has found that when she opens the cupboard door to get the cat food, the cats come running to the kitchen. Rachel knows that this is classical conditioning, and that the unconditioned stimulus is the ______ and the conditioned stimulus is the _____.

a. cupboard door opening; cat food

b. cat food; kitchen

c. cat food; cupboard door opening

d. kitchen; cat food

Answer: _______

multi choice responses
MULTI-CHOICE RESPONSES
  • A 14.3%
  • B 1.7%
  • C 75.8%
  • D 1.2%
  • AB 2.3%
  • AC 2.7%
  • AD 1.3%
  • CD 0.5%

N=781

numbers of errors
NUMBERS OF ERRORS

# % Cum %

  • 0 15.4% 15.4%
  • 1 27.1% 42.5%
  • 2 24.6% 67.1%
  • 3 14.1% 81.2%
  • 4 7.7% 88.9%
  • 5 6.5% 95.4%
  • 6 2.2% 97.6%
  • 7 1.4% 99.0%
  • 8 1.0% 100%

N = 781

error distribution by grade
ERROR DISTRIBUTION BY GRADE

Errors A B C D E

0 5 10 9 7 2

1 4 10 11 5 5

2 6 8 10 8

3 1 3 2 6

4 1 2 2 0

5 1 1

6 1

N=120

effect of exclusions
EFFECT OF EXCLUSIONS
  • Allowing 2 errors excludes 2 Bs, 7 Cs, 4 Ds and 1 E
  • Allowing 3 errors excludes 1 B, 4 Cs, 2 Ds and 1 E
  • All “Failed Mandatory Component” grades excluded by either
actions
ACTIONS
  • Two or fewer errors: enrol in psychology courses
  • Three errors: advise diversion to 424 Tertiary Study Skills
  • Four or more errors: require diversion into 424
tertiary study skills 1
TERTIARY STUDY SKILLS (1)
  • Organise learning effectively
  • Write in a style that meets given criteria for a report, an essay and a learning journal
  • Demonstrate information literacy skills appropriate to study at tertiary level
  • Operate computer applications to support study
  • Perform numerical operations that support tertiary-level study
  • Free entry into 73196 on successful completion
tertiary study skills 2
TERTIARY STUDY SKILLS (2)
  • Correlations:
    • 424 result with in-course 73196 assignments: r = 0.802
    • 424 result with 73196 exam: r = -0.338
    • 424 prepares students well for in-course work but does not give them exam skills