ERIC Number: EJ1054039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
The Impact of FTP on Commitment to Career Choices: Situating within a Social Cognitive Perspective
Phan, Huy P.
Higher Education Research and Development, v34 n2 p368-382 2015
Future time perspective (FTP) is an important theoretical construct that may assist educators in their understanding of individuals' learning, motivation and decision-making. There is empirical evidence attesting to the predictive effects of anticipation of future goals on both cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes. The present study, based on previous conceptualizations, proposes the statistical testing of the impact of FTP on commitment to career choices and academic achievement in the subject educational psychology, via personal self-efficacy beliefs and effort expenditure. Two hundred and fifty-six first-year university students (151 women and 105 men) were administered a number of Likert-scale inventories and path analytical procedures were used to validate the hypothesized structural relations. The results yielded from a comparison of different a priori models indicate the impact of FTP on commitment to career choices and academic achievement indirectly, via personal self-efficacy. Personal self-efficacy is also found to exert positive effects on vocational exploration and academic achievement, highlighting the potency of social cognitive theory. In general, the findings obtained provide empirical grounding for applied educational practices and continuing research development.
Descriptors: Career Choice, Likert Scales, Path Analysis, Time Perspective, Goal Orientation, Futures (of Society), Academic Achievement, Educational Philosophy, Educational Psychology, Self Efficacy, Comparative Analysis, College Freshmen, Career Exploration, Social Cognition, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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