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ERIC Number: EJ1144910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Benefits of Personality Characteristics and Self-Efficacy in the Perceived Academic Achievement of Medical Students
Guntern, Sabine; Korpershoek, Hanke; van der Werf, Greetje
Educational Psychology, v37 n6 p733-744 2017
This study investigates the joint impact of personality characteristics and self-efficacy on the perceived academic achievement of medical students on top of their prior high school performance. The sample consisted of medical students in their pre-clinical years. The students' grade point average scores at high school were included as control variable in our explanatory models. Based on previous findings in the literature, we selected self-discipline, social activity and emotional stability from the Five Factor Model of Personality as predictor variables. Furthermore, following the social cognitive theory of Bandura, we added self-efficacy (students' belief in their academic skills) as an additional predictor. The logistic regression analyses confirmed the importance of self-discipline (positively related) and social activity (negatively related) for these students' perceived academic achievement. Additionally, we found a positive contribution of self-efficacy. The results of this study (as discussed in the final sections) have implications for support programmes in the practical field.
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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: Switzerland; Austria
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Efficacy Scale; NEO Five Factor Inventory
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