Two small pilot studies were conducted to identify factors that might be used to predict students’ performance on their final-year dissertation project. Over the course of these two studies several significant correlations were observed that suggested the characteristics of the student (i.e., conscientiousness, procrastination & grade expectations) and behaviour of their project supervisor (i.e., years of experience & task-oriented supervisory style) were significantly associated with the mark achieved for their dissertation project. In Study 2 it was also found that self-reported procrastination and student’s own grade expectations might be used to predict the mark achieved for their final-year research project. The use of small, self-selected student samples and the timing of questionnaire administration mean that these findings are insufficient to recommend the routine use of these questionnaire measures to identify those at-risk of under-achieving. However, the results from these two pilot studies highlight several variables that might be used in future studies to predict student outcomes on their final-year dissertation.
Lonsdale, Adam Jonathan
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences\Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work
Year of publication: 2018Date of RADAR deposit: 2018-08-03