home - login - register

PERC 2019 Abstract Detail Page

Previous Page  |  New Search  |  Browse All

Abstract Title: Three factors that complicate self-efficacy research and affect whether self-efficacy interventions succeed or fail
Abstract: A student's academic self-efficacy is a variable that predicts student achievement and persistence in STEM, and substantial research has focused on developing and testing interventions to increase STEM self-efficacy. Results have been inconsistent: some efforts produced desired outcomes while others show weak or null effects.  What factors affect whether a self-efficacy intervention is successful?  

We are completing a 3-year, NSF-funded project (DUE-1612053) to develop and test a brief intervention to increase Physics students' STEM self-efficacy.  Based on our experiences, we identify three critical issues that shape and complicate STEM self-efficacy research and illustrate their significance through grounded examples:   defining self-efficacy and how it can be measured as a research variable (what is the nature of self-efficacy and how is it expressed?), accounting for context (e.g. institution and classroom climates and social dynamics), and student-level factors that mediate the link between self-efficacy and academic performance (e.g. motivation, goals, interest, identity).
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A80
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
Contributed Paper Download: Download Contributed Paper

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Stephanie J. Sedberry
UNC Greensboro
1004 Harvest Time Way
Greensboro, NC 27410
Phone: 3363395665
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ian D. Beatty, UNC Greensboro
Willian J. Gerace, UNC Greensboro
Jason E. Strickhouser, Florida State University
Maha A. Elobeid, UNC Greensboro

Contributed Poster

Contributed Poster: Download the Contributed Poster