Do work placements improve final year academic performance or do high-calibre students choose to do work placements?

Jones, C.M., Green, J.P. and Higson, H.E. (2015). Do work placements improve final year academic performance or do high-calibre students choose to do work placements? Studies in Higher Education, Early ,

Abstract

This study investigates whether the completion of an optional sandwich work placement enhances student performance in final year examinations. Using Propensity Score Matching, our analysis departs from the literature by controlling for self-selection. Previous studies may have overestimated the impact of sandwich work placements on performance because it might be the case that high-calibre students choose to go on placement. Our results, utilising a large student data set, indicate that self-selection is present, but the effects of a placement on student performance still have an impact. This robust finding is found to be of a remarkably similar magnitude across two UK universities.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1073249
Divisions: Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Aston Business School
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Languages & Social Sciences
Aston University (General)
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 09/10/15, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03075079.2015.1073249
Uncontrolled Keywords: British higher education,degree performance,work placement,self-selection,propensity score matching,Education
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 79.2015.1073249
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Published Date: 2015
Authors: Jones, C.M. ( 0000-0003-1115-6409)
Green, J.P.
Higson, H.E. ( 0000-0003-3433-2823)

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