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ERIC Number: EJ1084343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1696-2095
Feelings and Performance in the First Year at University: Learning-Related Emotions as Predictors of Achievement Outcomes in Mathematics and Statistics
Niculescu, Alexandra C.; Templelaar, Dirk; Leppink, Jimmie; Dailey-Hebert, Amber; Segers, Mien; Gijselaers, Wim
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v13 n3 p431-462 Dec 2015
Introduction: This study examined the predictive value of four learning-related emotions--Enjoyment, Anxiety, Boredom and Hopelessness for achievement outcomes in the first year of study at university. Method: We used a large sample (N = 2337) of first year university students enrolled over three consecutive academic years in a mathematics and statistics course, from an undergraduate Economics and an International Business degree programs. Results: We first showed significant differences in the emotional experiences between the students who attended, and those who were absent from the final exam. Second, the present study found emotions to have a strong predictive value for student exam scores, particularly for learning hopelessness and a prior mathematics background. This relationship was consistent over three consecutive academic years. Discussion and Conclusion: Recommendations for improving educational practice have been formulated and are shared in this article.
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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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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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