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ERIC Number: EJ1103426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Freshman Engineering Students At-Risk of Non-Matriculation: Self-Efficacy for Academic Learning
Ernst, Jeremy V.; Bowen, Bradley D.; Williams, Thomas O.
American Journal of Engineering Education, v7 n1 p9-18 Jun 2016
Students identified as at-risk of non-academic continuation have a propensity toward lower academic self-efficacy than their peers (Lent, 2005). Within engineering, self-efficacy and confidence are major markers of university continuation and success (Lourens, 2014 Raelin, et al., 2014). This study explored academic learning self-efficacy specific to first-year engineering students with at-risk indicators. The at-risk determination was made through trajectory to matriculate, classified by cumulative grade point average of academic studies. An adapted version of the Self-efficacy for Learning (SEL) scale, modified by Klobas, Renzi and Nigrelli (2007), was administered to freshman engineering students identified at-risk and not at-risk of matriculation. Internal consistency of the SEL was analyzed and once deemed satisfactory (Cronbach alpha = 0.94), item-level outcome comparisons between student subgroups were made for each of the 22 instrument items.
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Academic Achievement, Admission (School), At Risk Students, Self Efficacy, College Students, Higher Education, Item Analysis, Correlation, Comparative Analysis, Academic Persistence, Grade Point Average, Likert Scales, Factor Analysis, Surveys, Data Analysis, Test Items, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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