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"I Hate Tuesdays!" The Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Postgraduate Language Practice Students

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dc.contributor.author Delport, M.C.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-05T09:30:13Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-05T09:30:13Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5913
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/2112
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract The high drop-out and low throughput rates in higher education institutions is a matter of concern. Students must overcome many psychological barriers in the pursuit of an under- and postgraduate qualification. Self-efficacy is regarded as an under-researched psychological variable that may influence students’ success in higher education institutions. Drawing on Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory, this study explores the self-efficacy beliefs of postgraduate Language Practice students. A qualitative research design was employed. Eleven narrative essays were completed and analysed by means of directive coding. Tuesdays were identified as the worst day of the week due to the module Research Methods and Techniques, that impacted negatively on the students’ self-efficacy beliefs. Social engagement in the form of support groups is seen as an important role player in self-efficacy beliefs. Educators should consider students’ various backgrounds when engaging with students, since this aspect proves to be an important factor in the development of self-efficacy beliefs. The findings may help navigate educators towards rendering the necessary emotional and social student support as a strategy to address the low success rate in universities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher South African Journal of Higher Education en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries South African Journal of Higher Education;Volume 33 | Number 5 | 2019 | pages 61‒75
dc.subject Psychological Barriers en_US
dc.subject Self-Efficacy Beliefs en_US
dc.subject Postgraduate Journeys en_US
dc.subject Higher Education Institutions en_US
dc.title "I Hate Tuesdays!" The Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Postgraduate Language Practice Students en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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