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GUERREIRO-CASANOVA, Daniela Couto  and  POLYDORO, Soely Aparecida Jorge. Freshman’s self-efficacy in undergraduation: percepciones durante el primer año de graduación. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.1, pp.50-65. ISSN 1414-9893.

Perceived self-efficacy in undergraduation is a construct of a student´s belief in his/her capacity to organize and carry out the actions required to realize certain achievements in academic tasks in undergraduation. The research, comprised of 189 participants, is aimed at comparing perceived self-efficacy in undergraduation between first and second semesters freshmen. Using the Higher Education Self-efficacy Scale, was found negative with significant difference (z= -3,292, p=0,001) between each term. The results were analised according to the social cognitive theory. Suggestions for future intervention and research were highlighted.

Keywords : Self-efficacy; Freshman students; Higher education; Social cognitive theory.

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