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Revista Brasileira de Orientação Profissional

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LOPES, Ana Rita  and  TEIXEIRA, Maria Odília. Career expectations, self-efficacy and academic success investigated in a multicultural context. Rev. bras. orientac. prof [online]. 2012, vol.13, n.1, pp. 7-14. ISSN 1984-7270.

Based on social-cognitive theories, we analyzed career expectations, self-efficacy beliefs and school success in a social environment enhancing failure and school dropout. The participants were students of the 7th grade (N = 141) in a public school, most of them belonging to minority groups in a Portuguese society. The results showed the tendency that students with academic failure had of being less confident to deal with academic and career tasks, to express more negative evaluations about their school performance and reveal lower career expectations. The findings highlighted the contributions of this research to clarify the concept of self-efficacy in both academic and career fields and the need for interventions to be made from the earliest years of schooling, in a Career Educational perspective.

Keywords : self-efficacy; school failure; career expectations; minority groups.

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