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STOCKER, Joana  and  FARIA, Luísa. Intra-individual development of personal conceptions of competence throughout the secondary school. Bol. psicol [online]. 2012, vol.62, n.137, pp. 183-199. ISSN 0006-5943.

Considering the relationship between personal conceptions of competence and motivation, their role on academic success and the need to conceive them in a multidimensional perspective, we evaluated the Personal Conceptions of Competence Model embracing five dimensions - personal conceptions of intelligence (PCI), causal attributions and dimensions, academic self-concept, academic self-efficacy and emotional competence -, using the Composite Questionnaire of Perceived Competence, with 1137 items. We aimed to analyze the intra and inter-individual development of these variables throughout middle school, with a sample of 433 students, 52.8% girls, with ages between 14 and 18 years (M=15.3; SD=.63), in a three-wave longitudinal design separated by a year interval. The results evidenced that time and gender were globally differentiating factors of self-concept and self-efficacy evolution, and that PCI, causal attributions and dimensions and emotional competence appeared to remain stable throughout this education cycle

Keywords : competence; motivation; longitudinal study; secondary school.

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