Academic success: is it just about the grades?

Cachia, Moira ORCID: 0000-0002-4470-1701, Lynam, Siobhan and Stock, Rosemary (2018) Academic success: is it just about the grades? Higher Education Pedagogies. ISSN 2375-2696 (In Press)

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Abstract

Researchers examining academic success often quantify it in terms of assessment grades. This assumption is questioned here by considering the students’ understanding of academic success. The presented study aimed to identify students’ views of its definition and the factors they perceive as crucial in attaining it. Sixteen undergraduate Psychology students at a modern university in London, United Kingdom took part in one of three focus groups. Participants defined academic success as: the accomplishment of the learning process; gaining subject knowledge; and developing employability skills. Thematic analysis of the collected data resulted in two themes: extrinsic elements, including teaching content and the student support structure; and intrinsic elements, including motivation, self-directed learning and personal skills. The discussion of these results at the conference led to the conclusion that achieving academic success and minimising skill gaps for employability post qualification requires the intrinsic elements to be addressed as an integral part of the compulsory programme rather than presented as optional add-ons.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic success; personal development; student engagement; support; employability
Subjects: Education
Education > Higher education > HE pedagogies
Education > Higher education
Education > Teaching and learning
Depositing User: Moira Cachia
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 20:56
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 14:23
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4758

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