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Self-efficacy and perceptions of first-year American Indian college students: A quantitative study
by Brown, Lisa, Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2015, 219; 3727499
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative, correlational study was to examine the relationships between demographic characteristics, self-efficacy, and persistence factors that attribute to the academic performance of American Indian college students who completed 24 semester credits or one year of college. The data collection instrument used were three surveys administered as one web-based survey. The surveys included a 10-item demographic survey, 15-item Modified General Self-Efficacy Exam, and 34-item College Persistence Questionnaire used to obtain data on student self-efficacy and factors that attribute to college persistence. The respondents were American Indian undergraduate students (N=201) who attended a community college branch located in the rural Southwest. The collected data were interpreted using a bivariate correlation and multi-regression statistical analysis using SPSS version 21. The study findings described characteristics of American Indian college students who showed high levels of self-efficacy. The study findings also showed that college persistence factor, academic conscientiousness, was statistically significant in predicting students’ cumulative grade point average (GPA) range. The findings of this study shed light on the need to explore additional factors that perceive to affect the self-efficacy, college persistence, and academic performance of American Indian college students in the rural Southwest.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lane-Johnson, Carla
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 77/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational psychology, Native American studies, Higher education
Keywords: Academic success, College retention, Native American, Navajo, New Mexico, Persistence
Publication Number: 3727499
ISBN: 978-1-339-12645-6
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