Self efficiency, locus of control and attitude among engineering students: Appreciating the role of affects in learning efforts

Alias, Maizam and Akasah , Zainal Abidin and Kesot, Mohd Jahaya (2012) Self efficiency, locus of control and attitude among engineering students: Appreciating the role of affects in learning efforts. In: Program for International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (ICTLHE 2012), 10 - 12 April 2012, Kalana Resort Seremban, Negeri Sembilan Malaysia.

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Abstract

The affective dimension of learning has been shown to be a motivating factor for learning in the first place and in sustaining subsequent efforts to learn in the long run. Ignoring the contribution of the affective dimension of learning (such as attitudes) with an over emphasis on the cognitive aspect of learning are no longer adequate in providing sustainable engineering education. The lack of appreciation towards the affective dimension of learning has resulted in under valuing of affects in engineering teaching and learning leading to unfulfilled students’ potentials as well as frustrations among engineering lecturers. In this study, three psychological attributes related to the affective dimension of learning (locus of control, self�efficacy and attitude towards engineering studies) were investigated using a descriptive design research method. Three instruments were used namely, the Rotter’s internal�external locus of control scale (α=.45), the Self�efficacy and Study Skills Questionnaire (α =.89) and the Pittsburgh Freshman Engineering Attitudes Scale (α =.89). The preliminary results involving a group of 60 diploma civil engineering students indicate that most students tend to have internal locus of control (86%) rather than external locus of control; above average level in self�efficacy and positive attitudes towards engineering with female students having stronger positive attitude compared to male students.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Attitude, self�efficacy, locus of control, engineering education;
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
ID Code:2505
Deposited By:M.Iqbal Zainal A
Deposited On:20 Apr 2012 16:38
Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 16:38

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