Presentation Title

Self-Efficacy as a Predictor of Educational Aspirations

Faculty Mentor

Dawn R. Person

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

11

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

First generation, low-income students from underserved communities face many challenges in their pursuit of higher education; one key issue is college preparedness. Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) has the lowest college readiness rate (40%) and the highest dropout rate (6.7%) in Orange County. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a strategic, systemic intervention intended to address students’ educational needs and to provide students a bridge of support to prepare them for higher education and beyond. The purpose of the present study is to investigate personal factors that motivate students’ pursuit of higher education and college readiness. Self-efficacy refers to one’s confidence in their own abilities and resources to face and overcome challenges to obtain their goals. Individuals with higher self-efficacy exert greater effort, persistence, and resilience to conquer difficult challenges. Academic performance and educational goals contribute to students’ motivation to pursue higher education, leading them to engage in courses of action that will prepare them for higher education. Students with higher self-efficacy are predicted to have higher likelihood of college attendance. Participants of the study include the 12th grade cohort of students (N=912) from three high schools in AUHSD. Data was collected through a paper survey distributed to students at the end of the academic year. A hierarchical multiple regression was performed to investigate whether students’ academic performance, educational goal, and self-efficacy influence students’ college attendance. Findings revealed that these three variables significantly predict college attendance. Presenters will discuss the findings and how this research highlights the importance of providing students opportunities to develop self-efficacy to prepare them for higher education and success beyond the classroom.

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Nov 23rd, 10:00 AM Nov 23rd, 10:45 AM

Self-Efficacy as a Predictor of Educational Aspirations

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First generation, low-income students from underserved communities face many challenges in their pursuit of higher education; one key issue is college preparedness. Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) has the lowest college readiness rate (40%) and the highest dropout rate (6.7%) in Orange County. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a strategic, systemic intervention intended to address students’ educational needs and to provide students a bridge of support to prepare them for higher education and beyond. The purpose of the present study is to investigate personal factors that motivate students’ pursuit of higher education and college readiness. Self-efficacy refers to one’s confidence in their own abilities and resources to face and overcome challenges to obtain their goals. Individuals with higher self-efficacy exert greater effort, persistence, and resilience to conquer difficult challenges. Academic performance and educational goals contribute to students’ motivation to pursue higher education, leading them to engage in courses of action that will prepare them for higher education. Students with higher self-efficacy are predicted to have higher likelihood of college attendance. Participants of the study include the 12th grade cohort of students (N=912) from three high schools in AUHSD. Data was collected through a paper survey distributed to students at the end of the academic year. A hierarchical multiple regression was performed to investigate whether students’ academic performance, educational goal, and self-efficacy influence students’ college attendance. Findings revealed that these three variables significantly predict college attendance. Presenters will discuss the findings and how this research highlights the importance of providing students opportunities to develop self-efficacy to prepare them for higher education and success beyond the classroom.