Confidence: the best non-cognitive predictor of academic achievement?

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Stankov, Lazar, Morony, Suzanne and Lee, Yim Ping. 2014. "Confidence: the best non-cognitive predictor of academic achievement?" Educational Psychology: an international journal of experimental educational psychology. 34 (1), pp. 9-28. https://doi.org/10.1080/01443410.2013.814194
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Confidence: the best non-cognitive predictor of academic achievement?

ERA Journal ID6239
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsStankov, Lazar (Author), Morony, Suzanne (Author) and Lee, Yim Ping (Author)
Journal TitleEducational Psychology: an international journal of experimental educational psychology
Journal Citation34 (1), pp. 9-28
Number of Pages20
Year2014
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0144-3410
1469-5820
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01443410.2013.814194
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01443410.2013.814194
Abstract

Recent efforts to identify non-cognitive predictors of academic achievement and school success have largely focused on self-constructs such as self-efficacy, self-concept and anxiety that are measured with respect to a specific domain (e.g. mathematics). We extend the measurement of the non-cognitive realm in education to incorporate both social and psychological adjustment variables and ratings of confidence in addition to these self-constructs. Our findings show that confidence explains most of the variance in achievement captured by the other self-constructs combined, and that psychological adjustment variables add little to the equation. Furthermore, in contrast to other cognitive and non-cognitive variables, confidence accounts for 46.3% of total variance in achievement, while measures of previous cognitive performance in combination with other non-cognitive variables account for 40.5% of the total variance. We discuss the ways in which confidence is important in education.

Keywordsconfidence; mathematics anxiety; self-beliefs; self-constructs; self-efficacy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Western Sydney
National Institute of Education, Singapore
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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