Early dropout prediction using data mining: a case study with high school students

Márquez-Vera, Carlos and Cano, Alberto and Romero, Cristobal and Noaman, Amin Yousef Mohammad and Mousa Fardoun, Habib and Ventura, Sebastian (2016) Early dropout prediction using data mining: a case study with high school students. Expert Systems, 33 (1). pp. 107-124. ISSN 02664720

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Official URL: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/exsy.12135


Early prediction of school dropout is a serious problem in education, but it is not an easy issue to resolve. On the one hand, there are many factors that can influence student retention. On the other hand, the traditional classification approach used to solve this problem normally has to be implemented at the end of the course to gather maximum information in order to achieve the highest accuracy. In this paper, we propose a methodology and a specific classification algorithm to discover comprehensible prediction models of student dropout as soon as possible. We used data gathered from 419 high schools students in Mexico. We carried out several experiments to predict dropout at different steps of the course, to select the best indicators of dropout and to compare our proposed algorithm versus some classical and imbalanced well-known classification algorithms. Results show that our algorithm was capable of predicting student dropout within the first 4�6 weeks of the course and trustworthy enough to be used in an early warning system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Classification, Classifiers, Dropouts, educational data mining, grammar-based genetic programming
Subjects: Educational technology > Learning analytics
Divisions: Primary, Secondary, K-12
Depositing User: Elizabeth Dalton
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 06:24
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 02:00
URI: http://research.moodle.org/id/eprint/135

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