The Persistence Scale for Online Education: Development of a Psychometric Tool

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/201770
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Persistence Scale for Online Education: Development of a Psychometric Tool
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Previous research, published by the U.S. Department of Education, has demonstrated that on-line courses are ‘equal’ in effectiveness of traditional courses.  Yet numerous studies reveal that there is an increase in attrition rate for online courses, particularly within RN-to-BSN educational programs (Bowden 2008; Kreideweis, 2005).  The concept of persistence has been identified as a variable that contributes to successful completion of an online degree program.  Persistence, a term that evolved from the antonym of attrition, encompasses a variety of variables necessary for educational success (Atack & Rankin, 2002; Frith & Kee, 2003; Kreideweis, 2005; Menchaca & Bekele, 2008; Sandler, 2000; Wood, Saylor, & Cohen, 2009).  A review of literature has failed to identify a means of determining those who are most likely to persist in an online educational program.  The Persistence Scale in Online Education (PSOE) purports to assess the presence and level of persistence.  The goal of the PSOE is to predict persistence in an online course.  Being aware of high-risk students at the beginning of a course would provide meaningful information to the instructor and allow early intervention, which will ultimately increase student success. The PSOE is a 26-item survey consisting of 4 subscales: (1) social connectiveness, (2) perceived stress and support, (3) self-determination, and (4) goal attachment.  Response options include strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree, and don't know. Initial research results indicate the PSOE accurately differentiates between the student who will persist and successfully complete a program from the student who is at risk of failure for reasons other than knowledge deficit.  This information can be used to provide an intervention which will enhance the ability of the at-risk student to persist.
Keywords:
Online education; Attrition; Persistence
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Persistence Scale for Online Education: Development of a Psychometric Toolen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/201770-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Previous research, published by the U.S. Department of Education, has demonstrated that on-line courses are ‘equal’ in effectiveness of traditional courses.  Yet numerous studies reveal that there is an increase in attrition rate for online courses, particularly within RN-to-BSN educational programs (Bowden 2008; Kreideweis, 2005).  The concept of persistence has been identified as a variable that contributes to successful completion of an online degree program.  Persistence, a term that evolved from the antonym of attrition, encompasses a variety of variables necessary for educational success (Atack & Rankin, 2002; Frith & Kee, 2003; Kreideweis, 2005; Menchaca & Bekele, 2008; Sandler, 2000; Wood, Saylor, & Cohen, 2009).  A review of literature has failed to identify a means of determining those who are most likely to persist in an online educational program.  The Persistence Scale in Online Education (PSOE) purports to assess the presence and level of persistence.  The goal of the PSOE is to predict persistence in an online course.  Being aware of high-risk students at the beginning of a course would provide meaningful information to the instructor and allow early intervention, which will ultimately increase student success. The PSOE is a 26-item survey consisting of 4 subscales: (1) social connectiveness, (2) perceived stress and support, (3) self-determination, and (4) goal attachment.  Response options include strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree, and don't know. Initial research results indicate the PSOE accurately differentiates between the student who will persist and successfully complete a program from the student who is at risk of failure for reasons other than knowledge deficit.  This information can be used to provide an intervention which will enhance the ability of the at-risk student to persist.en_GB
dc.subjectOnline educationen_GB
dc.subjectAttritionen_GB
dc.subjectPersistenceen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T10:51:55Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T10:51:55Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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