Modelling self-efficacy, self-regulation, self-directed learning and career processes of adult professionals and relations with learning outcomes and labour market success

Monique Bijker, Marcel Van der Klink, Els Boshuizen

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    Abstract

    This study investigated generic competences predicting students’ learning outcomes and labour market performance. The literature revealed four predictive self-reported concepts: self-efficacy, selfregulating learning capabilities, self-directing learning capabilities, and self-directing career capabilities. However, there was a lack of conceptually clarity, in combination with a lack of empirical evidence on how the concepts were related. Hence we departed from the four respective theoretical frameworks to safeguard the content validity, constructed theory-based items and scientific measures, using the Rasch model, and modelled the constructs in a structural equation model. Our models revealed a dynamic intra-individual causal system in which self-efficacy and self-regulating learning capabilities are predictors of self-directing learning capabilities that operate as a mediator towards grade point average. Self-efficacy acts as a significant direct predictor of achieved European Credit Transfer System credits (ECTS). Self-directing career capabilities showed to be two-dimensional.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010

    Keywords

    • self-regulation
    • self-direction
    • self-directed career processes
    • self-efficacy
    • Rasch modeling
    • SEM

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