Social Cognitive Predictors of Interest in Research Among Life Sciences Academics

Sawitri, Dian Ratna and Nurtjahjanti, Harlina and Prasetyo, Anggun Resdasari Social Cognitive Predictors of Interest in Research Among Life Sciences Academics. IOP Publishing.

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Abstract. Research interest is the degree to which an individual is interested in conducting research-related activities. Nowadays, Indonesian higher education academics are expected to be research productive, especially those in life sciences. However, what predicts interest in research among life sciences academics is rarely known. We surveyed 240 life sciences academics (64.6% female, mean age = 31.91 years) from several higher degree institutions in Indonesia, using interest in research, research self-efficacy, and research outcome expectations questionnaires. We used social cognitive career theory which proposes that individual’s interests are the results of the interaction between one’s self-efficacy beliefs and outcome expectations overtime. Structural equation modelling demonstrated that research self-efficacy was directly and indirectly associated with interest in research via research outcome expectations. Understanding the social cognitive predictors of interest in research contributes to an understanding of the associations between research self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and interest in research. Recommendations for life sciences academics, faculties, and higher education institutions are discussed.

Item Type:Other
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions:Faculty of Psychology > Department of Psychology
ID Code:79871
Deposited By:Ms Siti Yuanah Psikologi
Deposited On:30 Jan 2020 13:41
Last Modified:30 Jan 2020 13:41

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