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Pulford, Briony D.; Woodward, Bethan; Taylor, Eve – Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 2018
This paper reports the development of an Academic Social Comparison Scale (ASCS) to measure students' tendencies to socially compare themselves with other students in an educational setting. The 27-item ASCS was then measured in relation to academic self-confidence in a sample of University students, using the Individual Learning Profile…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Comparative Analysis, College Students, Test Reliability
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Putwain, David W.; von der Embse, Nathaniel P. – Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 2018
Teachers often communicate to students the consequences of success and failure (fear appeals) and the timing (timing reminders) of forthcoming examinations. Prior research has examined how fear appeals and teaching reminders are evaluated by students and how they relate to educational outcomes such as engagement. Few studies have addressed the use…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Fear, Academic Achievement, Academic Failure
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Rothon, Catherine; Arephin, Muna; Klineberg, Emily; Cattell, Vicky; Stansfeld, Stephen – Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 2011
Previous literature indicates that educational aspirations are an important predictor of achievement at school and beyond. This paper examines the factors that are associated with high educational aspirations. It also looks at the relationship between aspirations and achievement at the General Certificate of Secondary Education in a deprived area…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Free Schools, Intervention, Ethnic Groups