Exploring first-year academic achievement through structural equation modelling

Gow, Kathryn, McKenzie, Kirsten, & Schweitzer, Robert (2004) Exploring first-year academic achievement through structural equation modelling. Higher Education Research and Development, 23(1), pp. 95-112.

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The purpose of this research was to develop and test a multicausal model of the individual characteristics associated with academic success in first-year Australian university students. This model comprised the constructs of: previous academic performance, achievement motivation, self-regulatory learning strategies, and personality traits, with end-of-semester grades the dependent variable of interest. The study involved the distribution of a questionnaire, which assessed motivation, self-regulatory learning strategies and personality traits, to 1193 students at the start of their first year at university. Students' academic records were accessed at the end of their first year of study to ascertain their first and second semester grades. This study established that previous high academic performance, use of self-regulatory learning strategies, and being introverted and agreeable, were indicators of academic success in the first semester of university study. Achievement motivation and the personality trait of conscientiousness were indirectly related to first semester grades, through the influence they had on the students' use of self-regulatory learning strategies. First semester grades were predictive of second semester grades. This research provides valuable information for both educators and students about the factors intrinsic to the individual that are associated with successful performance in the first year at university.

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ID Code: 23666
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/0729436032000168513
ISSN: 0729-4360
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Carfax Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 14:03
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2013 22:20

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