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 A Study of the Attitudes, Self-efficacy, Effort and Academic Achievement of Social Work Students towards Research Methods and Statistics: A Diachronic Approach

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  • Mihai-Bogdan Iovu (Babeş Bolyai University, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, 128‑130, 21 Decembrie 1989 Blvd., 400604, Cluj‑Napoca, E-mail: iovu_mbogdan@yahoo.com)
  • Patricia Luciana Runcan (The West University of Timişoara, Bv. V. Parvan 4, Timisoara 300223, Timis, Romania, Phone: 0256592265, E-mail: patricia.runcan@socio.uvt.to )
  • Remus Runcan (West University, Timişoara, Romania, E-mail: remus.runcan@e-uvt.ro)

The present research aims to study the relationship between undergraduate social work students’ attitude towards research methods and statistics, self-efficacy, effort and academic achievement. Self-administered questionnaire was chosen as the primary data collection method and a sample of 109 students from Social Work Department in one Romanian top university were invited to complete the survey. After analyzing the data collected, Pearson’s correlation coefficient reflected that there was a positive correlation between all the four variables – attitude towards research methods and statistics, self-efficacy, effort and academic achievement. Also, a multiple regression analysis was conducted to estimate the prediction power of attitude and self-efficacy on effort. The results showed that both attitude and self-efficacy could significantly predict effort. However, when another multiple regression analysis was conducted to estimate the prediction power of attitude, self-efficacy and effort on academic achievement, it was found that attitude failed to predict academic achievement. To conclude, in the present study, attitude could only be regarded as an indirect factor, but not a necessary factor in bridging the relationship between attitude, self-efficacy and academic achievement.

Keywords: attitude, self-efficacy, effort, academic achievement, research methods, statistics