Students' Academic Self Perception
AbstractParticipation rates in higher education differ persistently between some groups in society. Using two British datasets we investigate whether this gap is rooted in students’ misperception of their own and other’s ability, thereby increasing the expected costs to studying. Among high school pupils, we find that pupils with a more positive view of their academic abilities are more likely to expect to continue to higher education even after controlling for observable measures of ability and students’ characteristics. University students are also poor at estimating their own test-performance and over-estimate their predicted test score. However, females, white and working class students have less inflated view of themselves. Self-perception has limited impact on the expected probability of success and expected returns amongst these university students.
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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 24 Sep 2007
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Test performance; self-assessment; higher education participation; academic selfperception;
Other versions of this item:
- Chevalier, Arnaud & Gibbons, Steve & Thorpe, Andy & Snell, Martin & Hoskins, Sherria, 2007. "Students' Academic Self-Perception," IZA Discussion Papers 3031, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Arnaud Chevalier & Steve Gibbons & Sherria Hoskins & Martin Snell & Andy Thorpe, 2008. "Students academic self-perception," CEE Discussion Papers 0090, Centre for the Economics of Education, LSE.
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
- J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
- Y80 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines - - - Related Disciplines
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- NEP-ALL-2008-05-24 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2008-05-24 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EDU-2008-05-24 (Education)
- NEP-HRM-2008-05-24 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2008-05-24 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-SOG-2008-05-24 (Sociology of Economics)
- NEP-URE-2008-05-24 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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