ERIC Number: ED229078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Affective Responses of Community College Students to Self-Selected Criteria of Success.
Easton, John Q.
A study was conducted at the City Colleges of Chicago to investigate how individual expectations and self-selected criteria for success correlate with academic self-concept and course achievement. At the beginning and end of the fall semester, students enrolled in six basic mathematics classes completed questionnaires containing the Michigan State Self-Concept of Ability Scale, which asks students to compare their math ability with that of their friends, and the National Longitudinal Study of Mathematics Ability Scale, which asks students what they think and feel about their math work. In addition, students were asked "What grade would make you feel successful in math?" and "What grade do you expect to get in this course?" in order to determine their self-selected criteria for success. Of the 135 women and 39 men initially enrolled in the six courses, 112 students passed with a grade of A to D, 30 failed with an F, and 32 withdrew or stopped attending class. Approximately 38% of the sample achieved a grade which they indicated would make them feel successful in math, and 53% achieved the grade they expected in the course. Students who did as well as they expected or wanted to displayed increased academic self-concept and raised their expectations for themselves, while students who did not meet their criteria for success showed no changes in academic self-concept but adjusted their criteria for success. (DAB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: City Colleges of Chicago IL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (April 11-14, 1983, Montreal, Quebec, Canada).