Master of Science (Hons.)
Department of Nursing
Andrew, Sharon, Non-academic factors as predictors of success in the first year of an undergraduate nursing course, Master of Science (Hons.) thesis, Department of Nursing, University of Wollongong, 1995. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/2853
Academic entry qualifications of nursing students have been shown to be unsatisfactory in the prediction of academic success in undergraduate nursing courses. For many students, non-academic factors will be extremely important for academic success. Therefore, in this study, non-academic factors and their relationship to academic performance in the first year of an undergraduate nursing course were investigated. The study uses quantitative methodology to investigate this relationship. The non-academic factors were grouped into categories: demographic data, social characteristics, vocational choice, gender characteristics and self-efficacy. Bandura's (1977; 1986) theory of self-efficacy was used to develop a research tool.