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dc.contributor.authorHughes, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorGremillion, Helen
dc.contributor.authorBridgman, Geoffrey
dc.contributor.authorAshley, Paul
dc.contributor.authorMcNabb, David
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: This article is a case study of student selection process effectiveness in an undergraduate social work degree at Unitec in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Addressing an internationally under-researched topic, it examines whether admitted candidates’ performance on selection day tasks correlate with their success in the programme. METHODS: Applicant selection data were analysed for 2012 and 2013 cohorts (N = 196). Student success is measured in relation to outcomes across eight courses, considering both course completions and grades received. Correlational analyses were performed to address the research aim. The project also examined whether existing demographic data correlate with success, as these data represent potentially confounding variables. FINDINGS: Performance on selection activities conducted as part of application to this degree does not correlate with course completions, and correlates only moderately with higher grades received for courses. Findings also show that students who are wage-earning or self-employed on admission, studying full time, and/or admitted well before their studies begin are more likely to succeed. No other demographic factors are correlated with student success. CONCLUSIONS: This study supports existing literature documenting the ineffectiveness of selection criteria for social work programmes, and also addresses a gap in scholarship by examining the value of specific selection tools and measures. Factors that do correlate with student success suggest that being well-resourced as a student is paramount. Supporting students to succeed during the course of their study may be of higher value than attempting to select “suitable” students in the first place.en_NZ
dc.publisherAotearoa New Zealand Social Work (ANZSW)en_NZ
dc.rightsThe ANZASW will publish the final, accepted manuscript under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY 4.0). This licence allows anyone – including you – to share, copy, distribute, transmit, adapt and make commercial use of the work without needing additional permission, provided appropriate attribution is made to the original author or source.en_NZ
dc.subjectsocial work educationen_NZ
dc.subjectstudent recruitmenten_NZ
dc.subjectsocial work studentsen_NZ
dc.subjectMāori studentsen_NZ
dc.subjectPasifika studentsen_NZ
dc.subjectSchools of Social Worken_NZ
dc.subjectselection criteriaen_NZ
dc.subjectUnitec coursesen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.titleStudent selection process effectiveness : correlations between task performance and undergraduate successen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden160799 Social Work not elsewhere classifieden_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classifieden_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationHughes, C. R., Gremillion, H., Bridgeman, G., Ashley, P., & McNabb, D. J. (2017). Student selection process effectiveness: Correlations between task performance and undergraduate success. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 29(4), pp.32-48.en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleAotearoa New Zealand Social Worken_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuKura tuatoruen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuToko i te oraen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuTāngata o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwaen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeChristchurch, New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaSocial Practice

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