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Title: LOCUS OF CONTROL, SELF-EFFICACY AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVATION AS PREDICTORS OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF COLLEGE FRESHMEN: THE CASE OF A.A.U.
Authors: MULUGETA, TAFESSE
Advisors: Dr. Mekonnen Yimer
Keywords: LOCUS OF CONTROL
PREDICTORS OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Copyright: May-1998
Date Added: 6-Nov-2012
Publisher: ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY
Abstract: The present study examined the predictive power of self-efficacy, locus of control, academic achievement motivation, and gender on the academic performance of AAU freshmen. 341 randomly selected freshmen (Males, N=170 and Females, N=171) participated in the study. An adapted academic self-efficacy scale of Pintrich and DeGroot(1990) and Roeser et al. (1996), ANS-IE of Nowicki and Duke(1973), and Academic Achievement Motivation Self-Report Inventory of Daniel(1992) were employed to tap the aformentioned beliefs. GPA's were secured from Freshman Program Office. Regression analyses performed for pooled subjects revealed that each of the predictor variable added significant unique variance to GPA of freshmen accounting for 25.15% of the over-all variance. Gender-subgroup regression analyses indicated that each of the predictor variable added significant unique variance on GPA of females (explaining for 25.60% of the over-all variance). Academic achievement motivation contributed the most explaind unique variance to GPA (18.97%). For males, the proportion of variance accounted for by three of the variables on GPA was 17.17%, but only self-efficacy contributed a significant unique variance to GPA (16.05%). Statistically siginificant gender difference were noted in each of the variables studied. Results showed males' superiority over females'. The implication of these findings to university education in particular and educational practice in general were discussed. Furthermore, directions for future research were suggested.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3685
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