Prospective first-generation college students: A social-cognitive perspective.

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L. DiAnne Borders, Burlington Industries Excellence Professor (Creator)
Melinda Miller Gibbons (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The authors investigated differences in college-going expectations of middle school students who would be the 1st in their families to attend college. Social-cognitive career theory (SCCT; R. W. Lent, S. D. Brown, & G. Hackett, 1994) was used to examine college-related expectations in 272 seventh-grade students. Differences were found between prospective 1st-generation college students (PFGCSs) and their non-PFGCS peers, with the former group demonstrating lower self-efficacy, higher negative outcome expectations, and more perceived barriers. Path analysis demonstrated partial support for the SCCT model. An alternative model for PFGCSs is proposed.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
college plans, middle school students, first generation college students, self-efficacy, college expectations

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