Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Academic self-efficacy among students enrolled in developmental education: The role of social modeling
by DeAngelis, Kristin, D.Ed., The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2014, 100; 3636105
Abstract (Summary)

Students in developmental education face three types of barriers: institutional, situational, and affective. Current interventions focus on addressing institutional barriers; however, continuing low success and retention rates indicate a need for additional measures. Bandura's theory of academic self-efficacy provides a way to address the affective barriers faced by this student population. This study examines the impact of a series of three five-minute student success videos, based on the social modeling aspect of self-efficacy theory and developed using the Dick and Carey instructional design model, on the academic self-efficacy, retention, and success of developmental education students. A quasi-experimental research design was used to examine the effectiveness of the social modeling intervention.

Results from this study indicate that an intervention designed using academic self-efficacy as an underlying theory and the Dick and Carey model of instructional design as a creation and implementation guide did not have a significant impact on the academic self-efficacy of students enrolled in developmental education courses. Moreover, the intervention did not have an impact on success and retention rates. Additional analysis indicates that academic self-efficacy was not a significant predictor of either student success or retention. Further research regarding the link between academic self-efficacy and student success and retention at the developmental level is necessary.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Flowers, Claudia
Commitee: Bjerregaard, Beth, D'Amico, Mark, Gretes, John, Pyke, Garvey
School: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 76/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Instructional Design, Adult education, Educational psychology
Keywords: Anova, Developmental education, Instructional design, Logistic regression, Self-efficacy, Social modeling
Publication Number: 3636105
ISBN: 978-1-321-17519-6
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