The purpose of this study was to gain insight into determinants of knowledge growth among first-year psychology students in a curriculum that uses the Progress Test (an assessment method for long-term retention of knowledge and knowledge growth) as its main assessment tool. To that end, the relation between the level of initial learning, prior knowledge, class attendance and individual study time, and Progress Test scores was analysed. The data showed that level of initial learning was positively associated with prior knowledge and class attendance. Further, level of initial learning was positively related to knowledge growth at the end of the first year of the curriculum. Students with higher levels of initial learning had a more extended knowledge base at the end of the first year of their curriculum than students with lower levels of initial learning. Prior knowledge, class attendance and individual study time did not have a significant relation with knowledge growth.

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doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2011.581747, hdl.handle.net/1765/63955
Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Department of Psychology

Schaap, L, Schmidt, H.G, & Verkoeijen, P.P.J.L. (2012). Assessing knowledge growth in a psychology curriculum: Which students improve most?. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 37(7), 875–887. doi:10.1080/02602938.2011.581747