Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors related to college going self-efficacy among urban African American high school students
by McKechnie, Jessica Diaz, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2012, 112; 3543594
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the relationship between college-going self-efficacy and high school students' perceived levels of achievement goal orientations (mastery-approach, performance-approach, performance-avoidance), vocational identity, need for occupational information, and barriers to occupational goals for a sample of African American urban high school students (N = 200). Furthermore, this study examined the extent to which those factors helped predict scores on the College-Going Self-Efficacy Scale. Findings revealed positive relationships between mastery-approach, performance-approach, and performance-avoidance goal orientation, as well as vocational identity across all subscales of the College-Going Self-Efficacy Scale. Results showed little to no relationship between occupational information, the barriers scale and college-going self-efficacy scores. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted to explore the predictability of the achievement goal orientation and career related factors on college-going self-efficacy. Results indicated that goal orientation would be consistently statistically significant across all phases of the college going process reflected in their self-efficacy scores and vocational identity was a significant predictor during the first phase and the final phase of the college going process.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lee, Courtland C.
Commitee: Lucas, Margaretha S., Selden, Steven, Strein, William, Titus, Marvin
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Counseling and Personnel Services
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-A 74/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, School counseling, Secondary education, Continuing education
Keywords: African-American, College-going, High school, Regression, Self-efficacy, Urban high school
Publication Number: 3543594
ISBN: 978-1-267-72566-0
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