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Remedial students’ perceptions: Pre-College decision making, satisfaction with the freshman year, and self-perceptions of academic abilities


Author(s): Fielstein, L. L., & Bush, L. K.

Citation: Fielstein, L. L., & Bush, L. K. (1998). Remedial students’ perceptions: Pre-College decision making, satisfaction with the freshman year, and self-perceptions of academic abilities. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 10(2), 41-56.

 

Abstract

The authors constructed a brief self-report questionnaire to identify noncognitive variables that influence pre-college decision making, satisfaction with the first-year experience, and academic confidence among academically prepared and under-prepared students. The subjects were 196 first-year students enrolled in an Arkansas university. The authors analysis revealed that less prepared students were older, decided to go to college later, reported more satisfaction with academic advising, and were less likely to accept American College Testing scores as a valid measure of their academic abilities than their academically prepared counterparts.

 

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