Does the confidence of first-year undergraduate students change over time according to achievement goal profile?

Paul Sander, David Putwain

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Abstract

This study examined the changes in students' academic behavioural confidence over the course of their first year of academic study and whether changes differ by their achievement goal profile. Self-report data were collected from 434 participants in three waves: at the beginning of the first semester of their first year of undergraduate study, at the beginning of the second semester, and again at beginning of the second year of undergraduate study. At the outset of their studies the authors identified three clusters of achievement goal profiles which differentiated between students' confidence in attaining grades, independent study and discussing course material. By the beginning of the second year any dips in confidence had disappeared which the authors construe in a positive light. The clusters of achievement goals shown at the outset of the first year of academic study does not seem to show any differentiated lasting disadvantage or advantage to students' confidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-398
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Volume41
Issue number2
Early online date8 Jul 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

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