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ERIC Number: EJ1047353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
First-Year College Students' Strengths Awareness: Building a Foundation for Student Engagement and Academic Excellence
Soria, Krista M.; Stubblefield, Robin
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v26 n2 p69-88 2014
As strengths-based approaches continue to gain steady momentum in colleges and universities, a distinct need for scholarship on the benefits of strengths-based practices has emerged. In fall 2011, all first-year students at a university in the Midwest were invited to discover their strengths by taking the Clifton StrengthsFinder. The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between first-year students' strengths awareness and two outcomes that influence students' success in higher education: academic self-efficacy and engagement. The results of a midyear survey of the first-year class (n = 1,397) suggest students' strengths awareness is positively associated with academic self-efficacy and engagement when controlled by demographic variables, academic achievement, and strengths interactions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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