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Poster Presentations - Guzman Lecture Hall

Presentation or Panel Title

College Student Attitudes and Their Effect on GPA and Class Experience

Location

Guzman Lecture Hall Poster #21

Start Date

4-23-2015 6:30 PM

End Date

4-23-2015 7:30 PM

Department

Psychology

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

William Phillips

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Research has shown that optimism is associated with positive benefits to college students: improved GPA, well being, and overall college success (Foregeard and Seligman, 2012). The purpose of the present study is to examine the effect of positive and negative attitudes in college students’ grades and college experience. Participants (n=60) solicited from Dominican University of California and social media sites (such as Facebook) will be sent an email that includes a link to a survey using Surveymonkey.com. The volunteer subjects will be administrated the Achievement Emotions Questionnaire, which evaluates and measures attitudes towards their educational experience (Pekrunet, Goetz, Frenzel, and Perry, 2011). The survey will also include items that determine overall course experience, current GPA, class level, gender, and age. It is hypothesized that: 1) college students who are positive tend to have better grades, 2) college students who are positive tend to have a more satisfied class experience, and 3) freshman students are more positive compared to juniors. Data collection for this study will take place in February/March of 2015.

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College Student Attitudes and Their Effect on GPA and Class Experience

Guzman Lecture Hall Poster #21

Research has shown that optimism is associated with positive benefits to college students: improved GPA, well being, and overall college success (Foregeard and Seligman, 2012). The purpose of the present study is to examine the effect of positive and negative attitudes in college students’ grades and college experience. Participants (n=60) solicited from Dominican University of California and social media sites (such as Facebook) will be sent an email that includes a link to a survey using Surveymonkey.com. The volunteer subjects will be administrated the Achievement Emotions Questionnaire, which evaluates and measures attitudes towards their educational experience (Pekrunet, Goetz, Frenzel, and Perry, 2011). The survey will also include items that determine overall course experience, current GPA, class level, gender, and age. It is hypothesized that: 1) college students who are positive tend to have better grades, 2) college students who are positive tend to have a more satisfied class experience, and 3) freshman students are more positive compared to juniors. Data collection for this study will take place in February/March of 2015.