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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Students’ preferences for attributes of postgraduate economics modules: Evidence from a multi-profile best-worst scaling survey
Authors: Meginnis, Keila
Campbell, Danny
Contact Email: danny.campbell@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Taught postgraduate
module choice
student's preferences
multi-profile best-worst scaling
discrete mixtures model
attribute non-attendance
Issue Date: Jan-2017
Citation: Meginnis K & Campbell D (2017) Students’ preferences for attributes of postgraduate economics modules: Evidence from a multi-profile best-worst scaling survey, International Review of Economics Education, 24, pp. 18-27.
Abstract: In this study, we investigate Scottish postgraduate economics students' preferences for module design. Using a multi-profile best-worst scaling survey, we find that students have clear preferences on how they wish their modules to be delivered, taught and assessed. Furthermore, using a discrete mixtures modelling approach we explain the heterogeneous nature of preferences for the module attributes and the students' lexicographic preference orderings. We show how failing to address this leads to erroneous results and limits the ability to derive reliable prediction. The findings in this study should appeal to university staff involved in the design of postgraduate (as well as undergraduate) courses as it should help them better establish a coherent learning experience for students, through which students can attain their full academic potential.
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.iree.2016.11.001
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