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Students' academic self-perception

Chevalier, Arnaud, Gibbons, Steve, Thorpe, Andy, Snell, Martin and Hoskins, Sherria (2009) Students' academic self-perception. Economics of Education Review, 28 (6). pp. 716-727. ISSN 0272-7757

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Participation 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. Amongst 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.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2009 Elsevier
Library of Congress subject classification: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I21 - Analysis of Education
Y - Miscellaneous Categories > Y8 - Related Disciplines > Y80 - Related Disciplines
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2010 14:09

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