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Kulturni kapital i postignuće učenika: medijatorska uloga samoefikasnosti
Cultural Capital and Students’ Achievement: The Mediating Role of Self-Efficacy

Author(s): Mladen Radulović, Dragan Vesić, Dušica Malinić
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Sociology of the arts, business, education
Published by: Sociološko udruženje Srbije i Crne Gore
Keywords: cultural capital; self-efficacy; achievement; mediation

Summary/Abstract: In this research we set out to determine whether the effect of cultural capital on students’ achievement is mediated by self-efficacy. Furthermore, we wanted to determine whether, in the context of this psychological factor, cultural capital maintains a direct effect on students’ achievement. The stratified quota sample consisted of 575 eighth grade students from 30 primary schools on theterritory of the Republic of Serbia. Mediation effect of self-efficacy was analysed in simple mediation model where cultural capital was predictor variable andachievement criteria. It was found that cultural capital in context of self-efficacydirectly contributes to students’ achievement (β=.23). Its indirect effect throughstudents’ sense of self-efficacy was also recognized (β=.12). The paper also presentsthe implications of our findings for educational policies and school practices. We discussed the need for revision of curriculum and the importance of formativeassessment with special attention to providing a feedback that has positive effect on students’ self-efficacy.

  • Issue Year: 62/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 255-268
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English