Higher education students' beliefs about the causes of examination failure: A network approach

Ling, Jonathan, Heffernan, Tom and Muncer, Steven J. (2003) Higher education students' beliefs about the causes of examination failure: A network approach. Social Psychology of Education, 6 (2). pp. 159-170. ISSN 13812890

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1023289908438

Abstract

Examination failure is of paramount importance in higher education, affecting educational institutions, teaching staff and students alike. In spite of this, little quantitative research has attempted to examine the perceived causes of exam failure. In the present study, 73 participants completed a questionnaire in which they rated the importance of various predetermined causes of exam failure. These 11 causes were derived from previous research and included lack of studying, little intelligence and biased teaching. Participants were asked to decide how likely it was that each of these causes led to the others. Responses were examined using network analysis. Results indicated several perceived causes that led directly to exam failure. These causes were sickness, lack of intelligence and little studying. Students also linked poor time management and mind wandering in the exam with failure. These findings are discussed in terms of previous research on exam failure, as well as different approaches to network analysis. We argue that network analysis is a valuable tool for the survey of student attitudes towards their education.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 16:55
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:50
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21051

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