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Closing the social class achievement gap for first-generation students in undergraduate biology.

Harackiewicz, J. M., Canning, E. A., Tibbetts, Y., Giffen, C. J., Blair, S. S., Rouse, D. I., & Hyde, J. S. (2014). Journal of Educational Psychology, 106(2), 375–389. doi:10.1037/a0034679. Retrieved from: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1054532

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    798
     Students
    , grade
    PS

Reviewed: December 2014

At least one finding shows promising evidence of effectiveness
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards without reservations
Academic achievement outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

Semester GPA

Values Affirmation (VA) Model vs. Another intervention

Posttest

First generation;
154 students

3.05

2.81

No

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More Outcomes

Biology course grade

Values Affirmation (VA) Model vs. Another intervention

Posttest

First generation;
154 students

2.62

2.38

No

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Biology course grade

Values Affirmation (VA) Model vs. Another intervention

Posttest

Full sample;
798 students

2.77

2.78

No

--

Semester GPA

Values Affirmation (VA) Model vs. Another intervention

Posttest

Full sample;
798 students

3.12

3.15

No

--

Biology course grade

Values Affirmation (VA) Model vs. Another intervention

Posttest

Continuing generation;
644 students

2.82

2.86

No

--

Semester GPA

Values Affirmation (VA) Model vs. Another intervention

Posttest

Continuing generation;
644 students

3.17

3.20

No

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Credit accumulation and persistence outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

Continuation in second semester

Values Affirmation (VA) Model vs. Another intervention

Posttest

First generation;
154 students

0.86

0.66

Yes

 
 
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More Outcomes

Continuation in second semester

Values Affirmation (VA) Model vs. Another intervention

Posttest

Full sample;
798 students

0.75

0.77

No

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Continuation in second semester

Values Affirmation (VA) Model vs. Another intervention

Posttest

Continuing generation;
644 students

0.75

0.78

No

--


Evidence Tier rating based solely on this study. This intervention may achieve a higher tier when combined with the full body of evidence.

Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


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    Male: 40%
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  • Race
    Asian
    12%
    Other or unknown
    8%
    White
    80%
 

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