ERIC Number: EJ1042126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Self-Concept in Medical Education
Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; Li, Bingyi; Wilson, Ian; Craven, Rhonda G.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v38 n6 p794-812 2014
Much research has acknowledged the importance of self-concept for adolescents' academic behaviour, motivation and aspiration, but little is known about the role of self-concept underpinning the motivation and aspiration of higher education students in a specialised field such as medical education. This article draws upon a programme of research undertaken over the past three years examining the psychosocial determinants of success in educating home-grown doctors for regional communities. Interviews conducted with Australian medical students found that self-concept is a dynamic and multidimensional phenomenon that emerges through social activity and plays a crucial role in shaping their motivation and aspirations. For these students in a specialised field in higher education, self-concept not only influences their study performance, but also forms part of their personal and career development. Because of the significant level of interaction between the self and the social environment, the development of self-concept through a holistic and systemic facilitation of essential psychosocial drivers of success is essential in higher education.
Descriptors: Role, Self Concept, Medical Education, Social Environment, Correlation, Medical Students, Physicians, Occupational Aspiration, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Individual Development, Career Development, Holistic Approach, Higher Education, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia