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ERIC Number: EJ813868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1038-4162
Accuracy in Self-Assessment: The Role of Ability, Feedback, Self-Efficacy and Goal Orientation
Ng, Jodie R.; Earl, Joanne K.
Australian Journal of Career Development, v17 n3 p39-50 Spr 2008
Self-estimates of ability have been shown to be generally inaccurate but still continue to be used in career decision-making. The present study investigates the role of feedback and individual differences in goal orientation and self-efficacy in determining accuracy of self-estimates. A total sample of 94 high school-aged students gave self-estimates of their ability and completed questionnaires regarding self-efficacy, goal orientation and feedback. Participants were categorised as over-estimators, under-estimators or accurate estimators according to the difference between their self-estimate of ability and an objective measure. Results indicated four main areas of feedback sources, and a positive relationship between ability and accuracy of self-estimates. Learning goal orientation and use of feedback were positively related; however their effects on accuracy of self-assessment were contrary to those hypothesised. Practical implications of these findings for career decision-making, as well as suggestions for future research are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia