Exploring individual differences as determining factors in student academic achievement in higher education

Cassidy, SF ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6156-8941 2011, 'Exploring individual differences as determining factors in student academic achievement in higher education' , Studies in Higher Education, 37 (7) , pp. 793-810.

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study investigated the association and relative influence of cognitive/motivational and demographic factors on final degree grade point average (GPA) in a single undergraduate cohort. Although academic selfefficacy, approaches to learning, prior achievement and age all produced significant correlations with GPA, regression analysis identified prior achievement, age and academic self-efficacy as the only significant predictors of GPA. Significant increases in academic self-efficacy, deep and strategic approaches to learning and self-confidence, and a significant decrease in internal locus of control were also reported when comparing first and final year scores. Conclusions suggested that prior academic achievement, age and academic self-efficacy provide a partial explanation for academic achievement in higher education, that any measure of prior achievement must be relevant, that self-efficacy appears to be the most relevant perceived control construct in a learning context, and that further work focusing on age in the context of academic achievement in higher education is both necessary and warranted.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Higher Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0307-5079
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Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2011 10:34
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 05:27
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14664

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