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Trailblazing: Exploring First-Generation College Students' Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Academic Adjustment


Author(s): Elliott, D. C.

Citation: Elliott, D. C. (2014). Trailblazing: Exploring First-Generation College Students' Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Academic Adjustment. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 26(2), 29-49.

 

Abstract

This study explored the relationship between academic self-efficacy beliefs and the academic adjustment of first-generation and non-first-generation students. Findings supported the presence of a differential relationship that was generally weaker for first-generation students. However, findings also suggested first-generation students experienced incongruence between perceptions and college performance. Understanding the role first-generation students’ self-efficacy beliefs play in their adjustment to college may help counselors, administrators, and faculty develop interventions that ease the transition to college and improve educational outcomes of this at-risk population.

 

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