Campus Units

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

10-14-2020

Journal or Book Title

International Journal of Selection and Assessment

DOI

10.1111/ijsa.12312

Abstract

Prior research experience is widely considered by graduate school admissions committees in the United States of America. Here, we use meta‐analytic methods and data from 18 unique samples and a total sample size of 3,525 students to shed light on the validity of prior research experience as a predictor of graduate school performance. Prior research experience was largely unrelated to academic performance (ρ = .01, k = 8, N = 1,419), degree attainment (ρ = .05, k = 3, N = 140), professional/practice performance (ρ = .06, k = 4, N = 1,120), and publication performance (ρ = .11, k = 7, N = 1,094). We also discuss whether consideration of prior research experience may unfairly disadvantage the students with lower levels of SES, students with childcare or eldercare responsibilities, and students from institutions at which research opportunities are limited.

Comments

This accepted article is published as Miller, A., Crede, M., Sotola, L.K., Should research experience be used for selection into graduate school: A discussion and meta‐analytic synthesis of the available evidence. International Journal of Selection and Assessment. Oct 14 2020. Early View; doi: 10.1111/ijsa.12312. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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