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Peer Effects on Undergraduate Business Student Performance

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  • Salvador Contreras

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    (The University of Texas Pan American)

  • Frank Badua

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    (Lamar University)

  • Mitchell Adrian

    ()
    (McNeese State University)

Abstract

In this study we investigated the effects of two forms of instruction: strengthening concepts and strengthening the ability to connect context with concepts. Although students may have acquired a reasonable amount of conceptual knowledge as a result of economics courses, two obstacles may prevent them from achieving transfer. One obstacle is a lack of a rich conceptual network; another is the inability to make connections between the conceptual network and realistic problems. The aim of this study was to find out what contributes most to the ability to transfer: strengthening conceptual knowledge or strengthening the making of connections. Some 139 students of the pre-final year of pre-university education participated in an experiment with two conditions and with a pre-test and a post-test. All students performed significantly better on the post-test in which conceptual knowledge was measured compared to the pre-test. No significant differences were measured between the two instructions on the post-test on transfer.

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Article provided by Economics Network, University of Bristol in its journal International Review of Economics Education.

Volume (Year): 11 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 57-66

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Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:11:y:2012:i:1:p:57-66

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  1. Andrew Mearman, 2013. "How should economics curricula be evaluated?," Working Papers 20131306, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  2. Agnes Baeker & Mario Mechtel, 2013. "The Role of Task Meaning on Output in Groups: Experimental Evidence," IAAEU Discussion Papers 201308, Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU).

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