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ERIC Number: EJ1092119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7869
Undergraduates' Perceived Knowledge, Self-Efficacy, and Interest in Social Science Research
Boswell, Stefanie S.
Journal of Effective Teaching, v13 n2 p48-57 2013
This study investigated the relationship between perceived knowledge of research methods, research self-efficacy, interest in learning about research, and interest in performing research-related tasks in one's career. The study also investigated the effect of a research methods course with both didactic and experiential components on these variables. Participants were 33 undergraduates enrolled in a research methods for the social sciences course. At Time 1, perceived knowledge of research was related to all variables; at Time 2, it was related to research self-efficacy and learning interest only. Both perceived knowledge and research self-efficacy increased significantly over the semester; however, interest did not. Implications for teaching and outcome assessment are discussed.
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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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