Women's self-concept at a coeducational university : perceptions of academic success

Cardinal Scholar

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Mulvihill, Thalia M., 1963-
dc.contributor.author Schmalzel, Katryn E.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-08T15:32:42Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-09T05:30:07Z
dc.date.created 2011-05-07
dc.date.issued 2011-05-07
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/194759
dc.description Access to thesis permanently restricted to Ball State community only
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to understand how self-concept, including physical, social, and emotional factors, translates to perceived academic success for women in the college environment. The researcher hypothesized as positive self-concept increases, academic success also increases. Data were analyzed with regards to the experience of these women as it relates to their gendered experience. Quantitative analysis of 46 women at one Midwestern university provided a variety of data about the relationships of perceived academic success, in the form of reported GPA and academic performance, to self-esteem, body esteem, social environment, expectation scales. While most tests did not produce significant results (p < 0.05, two-tailed test), perceived academic performance compared to reported GPA and expectations compared to academic performance were significant. However, women still struggle with having positive self-concept in the college environment. Many respondents expressed concerns about physical appearance and acceptance from their peer group. These women are combating these negative feelings on a daily basis as they attend class and work to be academically successful. Further research about self-concept and academic success should be conducted at an all-women’s institution. This additional layer of research would be used to quantitatively compare the two populations and would provide a more accurate picture of the experience of women in higher education.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Studies
dc.subject.lcsh Self-perception in women.
dc.subject.lcsh Women college students -- Psychology.
dc.subject.lcsh Academic achievement.
dc.title Women's self-concept at a coeducational university : perceptions of academic success en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.date.liftdate 2011-07-09
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1642178

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Master's Theses [5510]
    Master's theses submitted to the Graduate School by Ball State University master's degree candidates in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

Show simple item record

Search Cardinal Scholar


My Account