The psychology underlying successful retention practices

The psychology underlying successful retention practices

This article describes the psychological processes that lead to academic and social integration based on a retention model proposed by the authors (Bean& Eaton, 2000). It also describes how successful retention programs such as learning communities, freshman interest groups, tutoring, and orientation rely on psychological processes. Four psychological theories form the basis for our recommendations: attitude-behavior theory which provides the overall structure of the theoretical model, and coping behavioural (approach-avoidance) theory, self-efficacy theory, and attribution (locus of control) theory that leads to academic and social integration.
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