A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF SELF-MOTIVATIONAL ATTRIBUTES: SELFEFFICACY, LOCUS OF CONTROL AND GOAL SETTING AMONG STUDENTS PURSUING GENERAL DEGREE AND PROFESSIONAL COURSES.

P. Pallavi, Dr. N. Deepa Mohan

Abstract


Self-efficacy is the belief of an individual in succeeding specific situations, events, and tasks. Locus of control means the ability of an individual to have power exerted over the events and influence those events and their outcomes. Self-efficacy and locus of control are considered to be the motivational factors for goal setting and reaching goals. Students pursuing a normal degree and the students pursuing profession courses were administered with General self-efficacy scale (Schwarzer and Jerusalem, 1979) to measure self-efficacy and ‘Levenson’s locus of control scale’ to measure locus of control. Their previous grades and future goal grade points were also gathered to find the influence of self-efficacy and locus of control on their grades (previous grades and future goal grades). Self-efficacy was positively related to previous grade points and future goal grade points. Factors of locus of control including chance factor and external locus of control mainly contributed to their academic achievement and future goal grade points. Internal locus control does not show any contribution to academic achievement and future goal grade points in this study.


Keywords


motivation, self-efficacy, the locus of control, previous grade points, and future goal grade points.

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