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Relationships between locus of control, self-efficacy, efforts and academic achievement among engineering students

Alias, Maizam and Akasah, Zainal Abidin and Kesot, Mohd Jahaya (2016) Relationships between locus of control, self-efficacy, efforts and academic achievement among engineering students. Advanced Science Letters, 68 (18004). ISSN 19366612

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate the relationships between the affective learning needs namely, self-efficacy and locus of control, learning efforts and academic achievement among engineering students. For this purpose, a survey was conducted on first year engineering students from two technical universities in Malaysia. Self-efficacy and locus of control were assessed using existing instruments while learning efforts were assessed using a specifically designed instrument based on Carbonaro’s model of learning effort. Academic achievement data were based on cumulative grade point average (CGPA) obtained from self-report by participants. The findings indicate that females engineering students tend to have higher self-efficacy compared to males while both groups have similar locus of control and invest in similar learning efforts. Only locus of control is found to be related to academic achievement while self-efficacy is found to be related to efforts. In conclusion, locus of control seems to be an important factor in predicting academic achievement among engineering students.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 07:52
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2017 07:52
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/8428
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