A large-scale test of the relationship between procrastination and performance using learning analytics

Cormack, Sophie H., Eagle, Laurence A. and Davies, Mark S. (2020) A large-scale test of the relationship between procrastination and performance using learning analytics. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0260-2938

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Abstract

Many studies have found a relationship between students’ self-reported procrastination and their grades. Few studies have used learning analytic data as a behavioural measure of procrastination in order to predict performance, and there is no systematic research on how this relationship may differ across assessments or disciplines. In this study we analyse nine years’ worth of institutional electronic submission records, a total of 73,608 assignment submissions, to examine the relationship between submission time and grades across assignments, students, courses, and disciplines in higher education. A significant negative relationship was found overall, with students who submitted closer to the deadline obtaining lower grades, however the size of the relationship was negligible, accounting for less than 1% of the variance in grades. The relationship varied significantly depending on student, assignment, course, and discipline.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Sophie Cormack
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2020 10:09
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 13:53
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/11813
ORCID for Sophie H. Cormack: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9151-7029
ORCID for Laurence A. Eagle: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6831-7106
ORCID for Mark S. Davies: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1900-1022

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