Three Ideas for Post-Coronavirus Educational Recovery
There are many ways that schools can proactively address the inevitable and inequitable gaps caused by coronavirus-related school closures.
Groenewald et al. / Journal of Psychology in Africa / August 2021
This study examined the relationship between students’ Grade 12 achievement and their first-year academic performance and the potential moderating and/or mediating roles of generational status and academic self-concept in this relationship. Participants were 203 students (female = 82.8%; black African =73.9%; mean age =19.46 years, SD = 1.36 years). They completed a self-concept scale and self-reported their demographic and academic information. A series of multiple regression analyses were conducted. Results indicated that Grade 12 academic performance explained a significant amount of variance in first-year marks (10.5%). Generational status was not a moderator in the relationship between students’ Grade 12 achievement and their first-year academic performance. Academic self-concept had a main effect on participants’ psychology marks but was neither a mediator nor a moderator. These findings are consistent with the evidence that academic performance in higher education is dependent on prior academic performance and academic self-concept. There remains a need for studies on contextual factors that would explain the complex interplay of factors that influence the achievement of students in the transition from high school to university.