University students’ beliefs about errors predict their willingness to take academic risks




Faculty/Professorship: Empirical Educational Research 
Author(s): Hübner, Vanessa  ; Pfost, Maximilian  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 1-8
Source/Other editions: Frontiers in Education, 7 (2022), S. 1-8. - ISSN: 2504-284X
is version of: 10.3389/feduc.2022.992067
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-563804
Abstract: 
Students’ beliefs about errors have become a field of interest within higher education research. Studies show that these are associated with students’ GPA as well as their learning strategies. Whether students’ beliefs about errors are associated with their willingness to engage in learning situations in which making errors is likely, is still an open question. To address this research gap, we measured error beliefs on three dimensions (affect, cognition, and behavior) on a sample of N = 159 university students. Applying stepwise linear regression and using academic risk taking as dependent variable for learning behavior that is characterized by a risk of making errors, this article shows that beliefs about errors influence students’ willingness to engage in error-prone situations within seminar settings. Students who do not show negative affect after making errors tend to take more academic risks within seminar settings, and students who are behaviorally apt to work with their errors take less academic risks. In contrast, beliefs about errors do not seem to relate to students’ engagement in academic risks in front of their peers. These results contribute to a deeper understanding of the role of students’ beliefs about their errors for educational dynamics and processes. They also offer implications for practitioners such as promoting strategies for emotional regulation following errors.
GND Keywords: Student; Studentin; Selbstbild; Risikobereitschaft; Handlung; Hochschulforschung
Keywords: academic risk taking, akademische Risikobereitschaft, goal orientation, Zielorientierung, academic self-concept, akademisches Selbstkonzept, error beliefs, Fehlerüberzeugungen, higher education, Hochschulforschung
DDC Classification: 370 Education  
RVK Classification: AL 43100   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/56380
Release Date: 21. November 2022

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