The Relationship Between Self-Efficacy, Autonomy Support, and Academic Motivation among Students at Milligan University
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There are many different factors that all coincide in their effects on students’ academic success. These factors include a student’s academic motivation, personal self-efficacy, as well as the autonomy support they receive from parents or guardians. These factors, as well as others, have been proven to have individual effects on students, but have yet to be correlated with one another. A survey was distributed amongst students at Milligan University, which included Vallerand’s Academic Motivation Scale (1992, 28 questions), the P-PASS, or Perceived Parental Autonomy Support Scale (2015, 24 questions), and the New General Self-Efficacy Scale (2001, 8 questions). 67 students completed the survey, with 56 containing usable data. All data was organized under a 2-tailed T-test, and each scale was correlated with the others at the P < 0.01 level. This information grants a greater understanding of the effects of outside factors on the motivation behind a college student’s academic success, and will hopefully allow for further research on better ways to support students in their academic endeavors.