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Tracking the academic progression of home and international business management students: An exploratory study Brookes

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The paper investigates the learning achievements of home and international students by focusing on the dynamic construct of academic progression, rather than relying on the typically adopted performance measures of final achievement. The data confirms that, on average, UK students outperform international students. The observed differential is particularly pronounced with respect to the academic achievements of home students vis-à-vis students from China. This is the case both in terms of the average marks in each year, and the overall average over the three years of the programme. The analysis of the full dynamics of performance also shows that following a moderate to substantial decline in average marks from the first to the second year of study, all sub-groups examined display a significant rise in their average marks from the second to the final year of study. The results cast doubt on the generally held view that international students, especially those from China, tend to under-perform in their first year of study. On the contrary, this paper finds that the greatest difficulties faced by these students occur during the transition from the first to the second year of study.

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http://bejlt.brookes.ac.uk/vol1/volume1issue3/academic/devita.html

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