Title

Exploring Potential Relationships Between SE, Performance, and Electrodermal Arousal in Engineering Exams

Document Type

Conference Paper

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

Location

Toronto, Canada

Publication Date

7-2018

Award Number

National Science Foundation (NSF) Division Of Undergraduate Education 1661100

Funder

National Science Foundation (NSF) Division Of Undergraduate Education

Abstract

This exploratory, empirical study examined the potential relationships between self-efficacy and electrodermal activity (a measure of physiological arousal) within the context of problem performance in an engineering exam. Physiological arousal is commonly discussed as a source of SE (Bandura & Adams, 1977), which is known to be important for managing emotions (Bandura, 1994) and predicting exam scores (Gaylon, Blondin, Yaw, Nalls, & Williams, 2011). Yet, the dynamic relationship between SE and EDA in the context of authentic tasks (i.e., exam problems) is seldom explored. Preliminary findings suggests that for erroneously answered examproblems, SE and EDA were negatively correlated; no correlation was found for the opposite scenario. These findings point to the role actual exam problem performance may have at influencing SE and EDA relationships.

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