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Examining the Association Between College Students’ Automatic Attitudes Towards Education and Their Academic Engagement and Performance

Title: Examining the Association Between College Students’ Automatic Attitudes Towards Education and Their Academic Engagement and Performance.
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Name(s): Axelrod, Cara, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2020-04-24
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Do students’ automatic, gut-level attitudes towards education predict their academic behaviors and performance? In a study of college students (N = 212), we measured students’ automatic education attitudes using an adapted version of the evaluative priming task. We then examined whether these attitudes predicted students’ more deliberative attitudes towards education, their self-reported study habits, and their GPA, as well as whether these associations were moderated by students’ motivations (i.e., achievement motivation) and opportunity (i.e., stress and sleep) to deliberately evaluate their educational experiences positively. We found little support that automatic education attitudes directly predicted academic outcomes or that these associations were moderated by any motivation or opportunity factors. Nevertheless, automatic education attitudes did interact with stress to predict self-reported attitudes towards education, and exploratory analyses demonstrated that automatic education attitudes indirectly predicted study habits through these deliberate attitudes among students experiencing high levels of stress. This work has potential theoretical and practical implications for both researchers and educators.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1587757674_d5779d52 (IID)
Keywords: college students, automatic attitudes, MODE model, dual process models of social cognition, education, stress, motivation, opportunity
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1587757674_d5779d52
Host Institution: FSU

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Axelrod, C. (2020). Examining the Association Between College Students’ Automatic Attitudes Towards Education and Their Academic Engagement and Performance. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1587757674_d5779d52