Student self-efficacy narratives: a collaborative co-constructive method

du Preez, Jan (2013) Student self-efficacy narratives: a collaborative co-constructive method. Australian Journal of Psychology, 65 (2). pp. 107-114. ISSN 0004-9530


This article outlines the challenges faced by mature-aged students transitioning to higher education and presents a method of assisting these students to reflect on ways in which they have overcome past difficulties in terms of their self-efficacy. For the purpose of the study, self-efficacy was conceptualised as an individual initiating action to engage in a given task, applying effort to the task, and persisting in the face of obstacles to successfully complete the task. The main aim of the article is to explicate a research method that involves a cyclical and iterative process using qualitative interview data from the population of interest, namely four female
mature-aged students starting an undergraduate degree. The method is highly collaborative, with narratives co-constructed by the researcher and participants as they are guided in reflecting on those experiences that constitute a sense of self-efficacy, in narrative and by narrative. The article briefly reports on a research study to illustrate the method and lists the main themes emerging from the narratives. The article concludes with an evaluation by the participants of being involved in the research process, with positive implications for the utility of the method with mature-aged students and possibly other cohorts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2012 The Australian Psychological Society. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2012 03:10
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 05:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: co-constructed narratives; mature-aged students; narrative analysis; self-efficacy
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12001

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