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Course integration: What impact on student grades? Working paper series--02-11

Lorents, Alden and Morgan, James and Tallman, Gary (2002) Course integration: What impact on student grades? Working paper series--02-11. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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Universities are implementing a number of strategies designed to help students develop an integrated view of a business. Faculty and students are each interested in the impact these integration strategies have on student grades. This paper describes one school's experiment in curriculum integration and the impact it has had on student grades comparing a set of courses taken individually versus the same courses taken as an integrated block. The results indicate that grading rigor did not suffer in the block format and that students' grades were more highly correlated between courses in the block format. It is hypothesized that the higher correlation of grades is due to the content integration present in the block courses. That is, if content is more integrated we would expect a student doing well in one of the courses to be more likely to do well in the other courses in the same block. Partial correlation analysis lends support to this hypothesis.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 02-11
Keywords: Working paper, business education, curriculum integration, student success
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2016 20:33
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1902

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