The impact of course-taking on academic achievements a systematic review and Meta analysis

Boaz Shulruf, Dominic Keuskamp, Dulcie Brake

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Students choose subjects in secondary schools that can be major determinants for their future educational career. This paper systematically reviews the literature on the effect of secondary school course-taking on educational outcomes in secondary and tertiary institutions. The findings of the review and the meta analysis suggest that course-taking predicts a number of educational outcomes such as further course-taking in secondary school, tertiary course-taking, and secondary school grades. However, these effects could not be easily disentangled from the diversity of factors, such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES) and prior achievement that are co-correlated with course-taking and its outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3401-3406
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 13 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2010 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 Feb 20108 Feb 2010


  • Australia
  • Meta analysis
  • Systematically reviews
  • academic achievements
  • educational career

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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