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ERIC Number: EJ1174768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
The Role of High School Research Experiences in Shaping Students' Research Self-Efficacy and Preparation for Undergraduate Research Participation
Swan, Amy K.; Inkelas, Karen Kurotsuchi; Jones, Jill N.; Pretlow, Joshua; Keller, Tierney F.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v30 n1 p103-120 Spr 2018
The effects of undergraduate research participation are well documented, but less is known about students' pathways into undergraduate research participation. This mixed-methods study explored the role of an International Baccalaureate research project in students' development of research self-efficacy in high school, and how this development influenced students' participation in undergraduate research. Social Cognitive Career Theory (Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994) was used to understand students' learning experiences and educational decision-making processes related to conducting research. Findings were based on analyses of data gathered through a survey, student records analysis, interviews, and focus groups. Findings of this study suggest that students' precollege research experiences enhance research self-efficacy, which leads to interest in and confidence with conducting research during college.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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