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Self-efficacy and Students’ Academic Performance: Examining Gender Differences at Higher Secondary Level
This research aims to explore gender differences in self-efficacy and its relationship with students’ educational performance. Self-efficacy is an individual’s faith to achieve an objective or accomplish a level of performance within a given situation. Self-efficacy in academics is an essential indicator of success at higher secondary level study success. A better transformation to the university will experience students at the end of their secondary education by high academic self-efficacy. The study was descriptive, and survey design was used. Students studying in 12th class in public sector higher secondary schools served as a population for this study. A questionnaire was designed as a data collection tool for obtaining information from a sample consisting of 1507 students from 18 higher secondary institutions of nine districts of Punjab. Results showed that male science students feel more confident about their success in the final output as compared to female science students studying at the higher secondary level. Gender difference in self-efficacy was a significant reason which affects their academic performance.
Ph D Scholar, Department of Education, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan
Dr. Muhammad Yousaf
Professor (Rtd.), Department of Education, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan