This study investigates the different levels of confidence, motivation, and self-concept of several student populations at one community college. The existing literature on the subject of self-concept describes a multi-dimensional and complex phenomenon that is sometimes overlooked when assessing students’ higher education needs. Student self-perceptions and motivations, however, are based on the sum total of experiences a student’s experiences. They represent a measurement of aptitude not currently addressed by most standardized instruments. What self-concept offers is a better understanding of what students believe their capabilities are and possible pathways to success.
Through the use of mean comparisons and blocked-entry regression models, several differences in motivations, ability, and self-concept levels among various group comparisons were identified. Differences in mean cumulative G.P.A. performance were examined by gender, race/ethnicity, college readiness, and other student success categories. An interesting case of possible variable suppression was found in one of the models examining student leadership self-concept, and this should be examined in future studies of the concept.
Understanding individual academic and social self-concept levels could improve the success of tailored or customized curricula and student services in higher education. A combination of individual and custom approaches is recommended in order to address the unique needs of individuals and targeted populations. Self-concept variables provide educators data that could be extremely powerful in assessing the academic needs of minorities, first-generation, traditional, non-traditional, and at-risk students.
|Commitee:||Armacost, Mary-Linda, Joseph, Harriet|
|School:||University of Pennsylvania|
|Department:||Higher Education Management|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Academic self-concept, Self-concept, Self-perception, Student motivation|
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