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ERIC Number: EJ800436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0951-354X
Idiocentrism-Allocentrism and Academics Self-Efficacy for Research in Beijing Universities
Zhao, Jingsong; McCormick, John; Hoekman, Katherine
International Journal of Educational Management, v22 n2 p168-183 2008
Purpose: This article aims to explore how self-efficacy is related to academic research activities and how intra-culturally relevant factors may play a role in self-efficacy in the context of higher education in Beijing. In particular, relationships of self-efficacy for research with research productivity and idiocentrism-allocentrism are to be examined. Design/methodology/approach: A survey was administered to academics in ten randomly selected universities in Beijing and generated 296 valid questionnaires. Data were analysed using factor analysis and multiple regression. Findings: Gender and discipline are identified as predictors of self-efficacy. Specifically, female academics reported lower levels of self-efficacy for research than males. Academics in the social sciences reported lower levels of self-efficacy for research than those in the natural sciences. Moreover, relationships are also found between self-efficacy for research and idiocentrism-allocentrism. Originality/value: The study makes an extensive investigation of self-efficacy theory, originally developed in Western contexts, in an Eastern culture and provides evidence that intra-cultural and demographic factors play substantial roles in research self-efficacy. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China