College students' homework and academic achievement: The mediating role of self-regulatory beliefs

  • Kitsantas A
  • Zimmerman B
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Abstract

The influence of homework experiences on students' academic grades was studied with 223 college students. Students' self-efficacy for learning and perceived responsibility beliefs were included as mediating variables in this research. The students' homework influenced their achievement indirectly via these two self-regulatory beliefs as well as directly. Self-efficacy for learning, although moderately correlated with perceptions of responsibility, predicted course grades more strongly than the latter variable. No gender differences were found for any of the variables, a finding that extends prior research based on high school girls. Educational implications about the importance of students' homework completion and its relationship to college students' development of self-regulation and positive self-efficacy beliefs is discussed from a social cognitive perspective.

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  • College students
  • Homework
  • Self-efficacy
  • Self-regulated learning

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Authors

  • Anastasia Kitsantas

  • Barry J. Zimmerman

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