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ERIC Number: EJ1151342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
Self-Efficacy as a Long-Term Outcome of a General Education Course on Digital Technologies
Revelo, Renata A.; Schmitz, Christopher D.; Le, Duyen T.; Loui, Michael C.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v60 n3 p198-204 Aug 2017
This paper investigates the long-term outcomes of a general education course on digital technologies. Through conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal interviews with students, the authors found that non-engineering students who took this course had notable noncognitive, long-term outcomes. A primary focus of the work reported in this paper was the long-term outcome of self-efficacy. The authors also investigated the sources of self-efficacy for the students in the course. The primary sources of self-efficacy in the course were verbal persuasion and mastery experience. Faculty and teaching assistants were key sources for verbal persuasion. Some students exhibited a "success paradox": They felt successful in the course even though they failed to meet their initial expectations. The authors also found that a mastery experience, such as working on a final project, can still feel successful when it is mediated by verbal persuasion. This paper can guide faculty in designing or adapting courses to promote student self-efficacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE0942331