ERIC Number: ED370026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Prediction of Research Self-Efficacy and Future Research Involvement.
Bishop, Rosean M.; And Others
Although graduate programs hope that their students will be committed to research in their careers, most students express ambivalence towards research. Identifying the variables that predict involvement in research thus seems crucial. In this study 136 doctoral students from a wide range of disciplines completed the Research Self-Efficacy Scale (RSES) along with a demographic questionnaire. The RSES was designed to measure self-efficacy beliefs regarding one's ability to successfully perform various research-related behaviors. Hierarchical regression analysis indicated that the number of years in graduate school and student involvement in research contribute significantly to the prediction of research self-efficacy. Initial data on the usefulness of the RSES also suggest that this tool may be effective in revealing why students lack strong interest in research and subsequently do little or no research after graduation. Researchers who employ the RSES should use caution in interpreting its results: assigned rankings on unanswered confidence ratings and the Scale's limited inquiry on future research may lead to incorrect assumptions on a subject's research interests. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (101st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 20-24, 1993).