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ERIC Number: EJ1164433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1359 6748
Factors That Contribute to Secondary School Students' Self-Efficacy in Being a Successful University Student
van Rooij, Els C. M.; Jansen, Ellen P. W. A.; van de Grift, Wim J. C. M.
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v22 n4 p535-555 2017
Academic self-efficacy is a crucial predictor of first-year university study success, which makes it a key intended outcome of pre-university education. Students with high academic self-efficacy at the end of secondary education likely experience a better transition to university. This study aimed to investigate which factors relate to Dutch secondary school students' self-efficacy in terms of being a successful university student, including a personality variable (i.e. need for cognition), a motivational variable (academic interest), and behavioural variables (student engagement and out-of-school academic activities). Structural equation models served to test the proposed model. The results revealed that need for cognition, academic interest, and out-of-school academic activities related directly to self-efficacy; need for cognition and academic interest were especially pertinent. By focusing on improving students' need for cognition and academic interest, secondary school teachers can contribute to the development of students' academic self-efficacy and thereby increase their chances for a successful transition to university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Need for Cognition Scale
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