The Impact of the Evolution of Expected Peer Ability on Learning Behaviors and Performance in Introductory Economics Courses

30 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2019

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Alexander McGlothlin

University of Kentucky, Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Economics, Students

Darshak Patel

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics

Justin Roush

Assistant Professor of Economics

Date Written: April 25, 2019

Abstract

Students choose how much to study based on their expected ability. Past studies indicate students exhibit overconfident grade expectations and tend to overestimate the actual course grade at the completion of courses in Economics. Other studies have examined the role of expected ability on graduation or dropout. This study focuses on the link between students’ general expected ability relative to their peers and their class performance. After measuring the evolution of students’ self-perceptions of relative ability across a semester, we investigate how these expectations influence learning habits and outcomes in an introductory economics classroom at a large public university.

Suggested Citation

McGlothlin, Alexander and Patel, Darshak and Roush, Justin, The Impact of the Evolution of Expected Peer Ability on Learning Behaviors and Performance in Introductory Economics Courses (April 25, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3462003 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3462003

Alexander McGlothlin (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky, Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Economics, Students ( email )

Lexington, KY
United States

Darshak Patel

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics ( email )

Economics Department
Lexington, KY 40506-0034
United States

Justin Roush

Assistant Professor of Economics ( email )

Milledgeville, GA 31061-0490
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://doceconroush.wixsite.com/mysite

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