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Investigating the Relationship Between Basic Values, Two Aspects of Self-Determination and Academic Self-Perception

Williams, Natalie (2017) Investigating the Relationship Between Basic Values, Two Aspects of Self-Determination and Academic Self-Perception. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this research was to determine whether university students’ basic values and self-determination are associated with their academic self-perception. Additionally, the study also looked to find any differences in academic self-perception across different years of study, and different courses of study.An opportunity sample of 137 current university students was used. Participants were required to answer three questionnaires, The Academic Self-Perception Subscale, The Self-Determination Scale and The Portraits Values Questionnaire.Results found that the two aspects of self-determination studied both had a significant correlation with students’ academic self-perception. Additionally, self-enhancement, one of the basic values, was found to negatively correlate with academic self-perception.The research shows that teachers and lecturers should focus on ensuring students have a sense of choice in their studies and studying habits, whilst still offering support and guidance when needed. More so, teaching self-awareness, especially from a young age, could positively impact upon academic self-perception as one develops through their school career.

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