Announcing Psi Beta’s National Research Project for 2015-16

The 2015-16 National Research project will investigate factors related to academic self-regulation.  Self-regulation is an important skill mastered by thriving students.  Zimmerman (2000) defines self-regulation as a process in which the individual monitors his or her thoughts, feelings, and actions used for attaining long term goals. Self-regulation is a self-correcting, cyclical process in which the person chooses strategies and, when appropriate, modifies them to stay on track. The national study will explore the relationships between Mindset (Dweck, 2006), academic self-regulation (Zimmerman, 1989), happiness (Lyubomirsky & Lepper, 1997), and satisfaction with life (Diener et al, 1985). The study will test two hypotheses: 1) Students having a growth mindset will have higher a level of academic self-regulation, and 2) a positive correlation will be found between academic self-efficacy, subjective happiness, and satisfaction with life. To test these hypotheses, a set of measures have been assembled into a single online questionnaire. The target population is first year college freshmen. Participating chapters must commit to having a minimum of 30 participants complete the study before the data collection phase ends on February 28th. Visit the Psi Beta website for further details about how your chapter can become involved:

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