Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Comparison of Fall, Spring, and Summer Semester Undergraduates in Measurement and Evaluation Class

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Comparison of Fall, Spring, and Summer Semester Undergraduates in Measurement and Evaluation Class

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Nestor W. Sherman, Texas A & M University--Kingsville

Despite the popularity of summer courses and intercession classes, there is little evaluation being performed to determine whether courses that meet over a shorter period of time are equivalent to those taken during a fall or spring semester. Do students who take summer courses receive the same academic training as students who take the same course during a fall or spring semester? Do students make the same grades? Unfortunately, many students who take summer courses do so because, they believe the summer class will be easier. The purpose of this study was to compare the academic performances of undergraduates who completed the Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education course during fall, spring, and summer (5 weeks) semesters. All 361 students who completed the course were included in the data analysis. The same faculty member taught all the students and course content was identical for each section of the course. The course consisted of 3 exams and homework and each comprised 25% of the student's fin al grade. A multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was performed to determine if there was a significant difference in academic performance between students in the fall, spring, and summer measurement and evaluation classes. The MANOVA revealed a significant difference (p = . …

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