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ERIC Number: ED551360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-6
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Self-Efficacy, Textbook Use, and Activity Preferences of College Students in a High-Poverty Area
Aagaard, Lola; Skidmore, Ronald L.; Conner, Timothy W., II
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (Blacksburg, VA, Feb 5-7, 2014)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between academic self-efficacy and preferences regarding the use of text materials and in-class activities of college students at a university that serves one of the highest-poverty regions in the United States. A convenient cluster sample of 105 students taking summer classes at a regional university in the mid-south were administered a self-efficacy scale and a survey of textbook use and preferences for in-class activities. Frequency tables of study survey items by self-efficacy group (above vs. below the sample average) were produced and visually inspected for effect size prior to statistical testing. Subsequently, three chi-square tests were conducted with a Bonferroni correction to alpha, lowering it from 0.05 to 0.0167. The data collected supported the idea that students from high-poverty areas enter college with reduced academic self-efficacy, as the average for the entire sample was lower than other published data. Those evidencing below-average academic self-efficacy in this sample were significantly less likely to engage in the strategies that would help them be successful (such as reading their textbooks).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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