Repgrids & college students

13 Feb 1996 08:46:21 -0500

On 8 Feb 1996 John Cubeta writes,

"...I am investigating the effects of culture on academic
success, as measured by grade point average (GPA), particularly
among African-Americans. I am collaborating in a funded project
designed to help students from diverse populations, and thought
that I could administer the rep. grid to 20 or so
African-American students with very high GPA's and compare the
results to those from 20 (or so) with very low GPA's. I was
thinking of using OMNIGRID to help in the analysis.

My advisor is using a multi-scaled questionnaire that attempts
to measure such factors as sources of stress in the student's
life, self-efficacy, prior educational experiences, social
support systems, time orientation, adaptive help-seeking
behavior, etc. I was also thinking of using discriminant
function analysis to see if scale scores, or clusters of scale
scores, could predict whether the student fell into the high or
low GPA group.

I don't recall having seen any research like this, but i thought
that I'd ask around. Does anyone know of any similar study?
Does this appear to be a reasonable proposal? I want to do a
simple, original, piece of research that could perhaps spawn a
series of related studies."


I don't know if your study is original, though I suspect it will
not be as simple asyou think. Firstly, depending on the size
of the grids I suspect each will take at least an hour to
complete. It would be helpful to know some details about your
grids, e.g., what will be the focus of the grids, are you
supplying constructs or elements and how do you intend to analyse
40 grids. These are some basic issues you need to consider,


Bob Green