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Title:A multivariate evaluation of mainstream and academic development courses in first-year microeconomics
Authors:Smith, LeonardISNI
Edwards, LawrenceISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:academic achievement
economics education
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2007.00102.x/pdf
Abstract:This paper analyses the impact of the first-year academic development course in microeconomics offered by the University of Cape Town, South Africa, on student performance in examinations. The paper makes two advances to existing empirical literature in this area. Firstly, it compares performance with a control group drawn from the mainstream economics course. Secondly, it evaluates performance in subsequent courses in first-year macroeconomics and second-year microeconomics. The results suggest that the academic development course has a major impact on students' performance in the structured/essay questions, relative to the control group, in first and second-year microeconomics, and for the multiple-choice questions in first-year macroeconomics. Matriculation results, mathematics, English first language, physical science and gender are also important determinants of performance. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]