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Psychological determinants of university students’ academic performance: An empirical study

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Bartosz GebkaORCiD


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This study utilizes an integrated conceptual model of academic performance which captures a series of psychological factors: cognitive style, self-theories such as self-esteem and self-efficacy, achievement goals such as mastery, performance, performance-avoidance and work-avoidance, study-processing strategies such as deep and surface learning, and effort. We investigate a group of first year university undergraduates taking a course in business statistics at a British university. The results show a significant causal path of the form: self-esteem→ self-efficacy→ mastery→ effort→ performance. We conclude that the strengthening of any of the elements in this path would have beneficial effects on students’ academic performance, and discuss various approaches to pedagogy, primarily assessment and feedback, to achieve this goal.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gebka B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Further and Higher Education

Year: 2014

Volume: 38

Issue: 6

Pages: 813-837

Print publication date: 01/11/2014

Online publication date: 26/02/2013

Acceptance date: 28/09/2012

ISSN (print): 0309-877X

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9486

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2013.765945


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