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ERIC Number: EJ1005445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Educational Persistence: Self-Efficacy and Topics in a College Orientation Course
Brewer, Susan A.; Yucedag-Ozcan, Arfe
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v14 n4 p451-465 2012-2013
This study examines whether a college orientation course for online programs leads to increased self-efficacy and, if so, which course topics are related to changes in students' self-efficacy. The culminating research question explores whether self-efficacy is related to enrollment persistence. Students' self-efficacy scores improved significantly after taking the orientation course, as measured with a general self-efficacy instrument. In particular, three course topics--characteristics of leadership, personal learning styles, and applying reading comprehension techniques--explained the variance in post-self-efficacy scores at statistically significant levels. For predicting persistence, a model encompassing three topics (characteristics of leadership, personal learning styles, and applying reading comprehension techniques), plus pre- and post- self-efficacy scores, explained 50% of the variance. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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