ERIC Number: EJ1169603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Measuring and Examining General Self-Efficacy among Community College Students: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach
Chen, Yu; Starobin, Soko S.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v42 n3 p171-189 2018
This study examined a psychosocial mechanism of how general self-efficacy interacts with other key factors and influences degree aspiration for students enrolled in an urban diverse community college. Using general self-efficacy scales, the authors hypothesized the General Self-efficacy model for Community College students (the GSE-CC model). A Confirmatory factor analysis was used to establish a measurement model in which three general self-efficacies were confirmed along with other latent factors (e.g., social capital, transfer capital, etc.). The GSE-CC model was then tested and finalized via structural equation modeling (SEM) techniques. The results showed that general self-efficacy significantly impacted the degree aspiration both directly and indirectly. In addition, general self-efficacy may serve as a bridge between social capital and transfer capital for community college students. Based on the findings, community college practitioners can generate practical implications to promote positive general self-efficacy among students. Further studies were encouraged to adopt/modify the GSE-CC model and test it across different student groups.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Community Colleges, Structural Equation Models, Factor Analysis, Models, Two Year College Students, Academic Aspiration, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida