The role of vocational identity development and motivational beliefs in undergraduates' student engagement

Wong, Zi Yang, and Kaur, Divjyot (2018) The role of vocational identity development and motivational beliefs in undergraduates' student engagement. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 31 (3). pp. 294-316.

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Abstract

The present study examined the role of vocational identity processes and motivational beliefs among 216 undergraduates’ level of student engagement (affective, behavioural and cognitive). Through regression analysis, in-depth career exploration was found to be positively related to the student engagement variables, while career self-doubt emerged as a negative predictor. Identification with commitment was also found to be positively associated with students' affective and cognitive engagement, but not behavioural engagement. Furthermore, students’ perceived value in academic activities played a critical role in mediating these relationships. Despite the significant associations, other vocational identity processes (in-breadth career exploration, commitment making and career flexibility) and motivational beliefs (competence beliefs and perceived cost) failed to act as predictors and mediators, respectively, as hypothesised. Nonetheless, the current findings demonstrate the importance of vocational identity development in undergraduate students' learning, and suggest a need for more identity interventions or career counselling services in college and pre-university contexts.

Item ID: 53976
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: student engagement; vocational identity; motivational beliefs; career exploration; career commitment; career reconsideration
ISSN: 1469-3674
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2018 02:02
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology @ 60%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 40%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems @ 30%
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