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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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SILVA, Marjorie Cristina Rocha Da  and  VENDRAMINI, Claudette Maria Medeiros. The self-concept and university achievement in statistics. Psicol. Esc. Educ. (Impr.) [online]. 2005, vol.9, n.2, pp.261-268. ISSN 2175-3539.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-85572005000200008.

This study aimed to assess the university students’ self-concept in statistics course and its relation to academic area, period, semester, age and gender of the sample. An identification questionnaire and a self-concept scale were answered by 116 Psychology students and 32 Pedagogy students. The sample consisted of eighteen to sixty-five year-old, 86% female and 58% evening period students. The Thurstone scale with 21 items allowed classifying in low, appropriated and high self-concept. The analysis showed appropriated self-concept in 67% of participants. The principal results have revealed that there is positive correlation between self-concept and achievement in statistics course. On the other hand, it is not possible to state how the high self-concept contributed to a better student’s achievement. The limitations of this study suggested other studies related to this construct in the academic area of research.

Keywords : Academic achievement; Educational psychology; Statistics.

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