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Mode of delivery and students' academic performance: Evidence from a higher education institution in developing Oceania

Patel, Arvind and Kumar, Ronald R. (2018) Mode of delivery and students' academic performance: Evidence from a higher education institution in developing Oceania. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 15 (2). pp. 43-57. ISSN 1550-6908

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    Abstract

    The paper examines the impact of the mode of delivery of education on first-year accounting students’ academic performance, at a higher education institution in developing Oceania. We use the ordinary least squares (OLS) and quantile regressions to examine the relationship between academic performance and the mode of study. The OLS results indicate no statistically significant difference in students’ performance when the mode of delivery of education is through face-to-face or distance. However, results based on the quantile regression show that students who are generally weak as noted from the low entry marks, perform better when they study via face-to-face mode. On the other hand, students with strong academic ability as noted from above average entry marks show no significant difference between the modes of studies. The results therefore indicate that for above average group of students, independent learning can be promoted and encouraged. However, for students with below average entry level marks, it is recommended that face-to-face mode of study is emphasized. Thus, institutions which are focusing on different mode of delivery should also consider the academic strength of the students to ensure optimal results as a higher education provider.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Accounting and Finance
    Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE)
    Depositing User: Ronald Kumar
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 16:17
    Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 16:17
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11042
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