ERIC Number: EJ1119789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Predicting Performance in an Advanced Undergraduate Geological Field Camp Experience
Dykas, Matthew J.; Valentino, David W.
Journal of Geoscience Education, v64 n4 p314-322 Nov 2016
This study examined the factors that contribute to students' success in conducting geological field work. Undergraduate students (n = 49; 51% female; mean age = 22 y) who were enrolled in the 5-wk State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) geology field program volunteered to participate in this study. At the beginning of the field program, students completed a series of questionnaires inquiring about their academic record and their personal attitudes and beliefs. Next, participants completed a continuous series of geological field activities across 35 d in two locations in the northeastern U.S. Finally, multiple instructors independently rated students' field work performance and assigned final field program grades. Findings indicated that factors such as students' cumulative grade point averages and self-perceived preparedness for field work did not predict higher final field program grades. Instead, self-reported indices of motivation, academic self-concept, and self-efficacy predicted those grades. Moreover, evidence emerged that two domain-specific factors--intellectual orientation and achievement orientation--were uniquely associated with students' final field work grades. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of instruction, learning, and professional employment.
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Geology, Field Experience Programs, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Grade Point Average, Student Motivation, Academic Records, Learning Motivation, Measures (Individuals), Academic Ability, Self Concept Measures, Correlation, Factor Analysis, Multiple Regression Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Academic Motivation Scale; Academic Self Concept Scale