"Of course I will...": The combined effect of certainty and level of expectancies on persistence and performance

Dickhäuser, Oliver; Reinhard, Marc-André; Englert, Christoph (2011). "Of course I will...": The combined effect of certainty and level of expectancies on persistence and performance. Social psychology of education, 14(4), pp. 519-528. Springer 10.1007/s11218-011-9159-x

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The importance of performance expectancies for the prediction of regulation of behavior and actual performance has long been established. Building on theories from the field of social cognition, we suggest that the level of performance expectancies, as well as the certainty of the expectancy, have a joint influence on an individual’s beliefs and behavior. In two studies (one cross sectional using a sample of secondary school students and one longitudinal using a sample of university students) we found that expectancies more strongly predicted persistence, and subsequent performance, the more certain the expectancy was. This pattern was found even if prior performance was controlled, as in Study 2. The data give an indication that it may be useful to include certainty as an additional variable in expectancy models.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education

UniBE Contributor:

Englert, Christoph

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

1381-2890

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christoph Englert

Date Deposited:

19 May 2015 13:47

Last Modified:

19 Jul 2018 12:02

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11218-011-9159-x

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Performance expectancies, Certainty, Performance

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.68204

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/68204

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