Frédéric Nils

Frédéric Nils
Université Catholique de Louvain - UCLouvain | UCLouvain · Psychological Sciences Research Institute

PhD

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September 1996 - present
Université Catholique de Louvain - UCLouvain
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In elementary school, oral presentations are among teachers’ favorite activities. From the pupil’s perspective, this activity can have a major impact, as the skills it calls for will prove useful later throughout his/her career and life. While instruction for the presentation generally happens in class, the same is not true for the preparatory work...
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L’évaluation de l’oral, surtout en situation de prise de parole, est complexe tant pour les enseignants que pour les élèves. Cela est notamment dû au fait que l’oral comporte des dimensions relatives à l’individu. Pour les enseignants, la question du « comment » évaluer reste entière, d’autant plus qu’ils ne disposent pas d’outil spécifique pour év...
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The present study investigated adolescents’ emotional anticipation profiles at the prospect of high school graduation and examined whether these profiles were similar across gender, educational track, and grade. Our results shed light on profiles that were distinct in level and shape: a Positive Anticipatory–Positive Anticipated emotions profile, a...
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De plus en plus d'adultes reprennent le chemin de l'université pour obtenir un master complémentaire à leur formation initiale. L'objectif de cette étude est d'interroger les liens possibles entre leurs motifs d'entrée en formation à l'université et leur profil de personnalité. Pour ce faire, le modèle de l'ennéagramme a été mobilisé et une approch...
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La visée de la présentation est d'apporter les résultats d'une étude dont la question de recherche est : Quels dispositifs existent dans les classes pour soutenir et accompagner les élèves dans la préparation et la production de leur exposé ?
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Emotional intelligence has been recognized as an important meta-competency for helping individuals to navigate throughout their career. However, the multidimensionality of emotional intelligence has seldom been fully investigated at the measurement level, and it remains unclear how specific dimensions predict career-related outcomes over and above...
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The present study used a person-centered approach to investigate university students’ profiles of career adaptability and determine whether different combinations of concern, control, curiosity, and confidence could be identified. We also explored the relations of these profiles with emotional intelligence, anticipatory emotions, and career decisio...
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While some attention has been devoted to the study of emotions in vocational psychology, research on the emotional anticipation of future career events is scarce. Using latent transition analysis, we investigated profiles of anticipatory emotions at the prospect of the transition to higher education during the last year of high school. We also inve...
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Adolescents (N = 359) completed a self-report questionnaire assessing the emotional impact of an anticipated transition, their social-sharing modes, the motives and benefits of sharing, and their relationship intimacy with significant others. Partners and motives of vocational sharing depended on the transition’s valence. The intensity of negative...
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Adolescents (N = 359) completed a self-report questionnaire assessing the emotional impact of an anticipated transition, their social-sharing modes, the motives and benefits of sharing, and their relationship intimacy with significant others. Partners and motives of vocational sharing depended on the transition’s valence. The intensity of negative...
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Students with disabilities are enrolling increasingly in higher education (HE). Yet little is known about the specific challenges they have to overcome in order to navigate this transition. This qualitative study tried to ascertain the transition-related needs of students with disabilities by comparing their experiences with those of students witho...
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The present study addresses, in a highly ecological setting, the short‐ and long‐term psychosocial consequences of participation in a major scouting event. Using a quasi‐longitudinal design comprising three measures taken over two‐and‐a‐half months (i.e., baseline level; within the 24 hr following the event; 10 weeks after the gathering), we show t...
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Emotion pervades all spheres of human life. However, it is surprising to notice the scarcity of research tapping into the role of emotion in career development, vocational behavior (Hartung, 2011; Kidd, 1998) and learning, especially given its interpersonal and relational nature. One of the most limiting factor in the study of emotion has been its...
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Developing career meta-competencies has become crucial to cope with the unpredictability of today's global work context, both at the emotional and cognitive levels. It is often argued that individuals rely on both emotional intelligence (Di Fabio & Kenny, 2014) and career adapt-abilities (Savickas, 2005) to respond to career changes. Though the lin...
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In today’s global work context, the ability to cope with the unpredictability of ongoing changes and job transitions has become crucial, both at the emotional and cognitive level. Individuals are expected to continuously develop their skills to improve their employability (Baruch, 2004) and display both emotional competence/intelligence (Di Fabio &...
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Emotion seemingly play a crucial role during events of meaningful importance for individuals such as the school-to-work or job transitions. The role of emotion in vocational behaviour is gradually grasping researcher’s interest and, the ability to perceive and manage emotions – namely emotional competence – is increasingly considered as crucial for...
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As individuals now navigate in a more unpredictable context of work, job transitions are more likely to occur and the ability to cope with these transitions is crucial for individuals. Career adaptability has been identified as a key construct in vocational psychology and denotes the set of self-regulatory resources helping individuals to adapt to...
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In today’s global work context, the ability to cope with the unpredictability of ongoing changes and job transitions has become crucial, both at the emotional and cognitive level. Individuals are expected to continuously develop their skills to improve their employability (Baruch, 2004) and display both emotional competence/intelligence (Di Fabio &...
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Since the emergence and growing popularity of constructivist theories and the concurrent rise of narrative career counselling techniques (see McIlveen & Patton, 2007), research attention has been focused on how clients proactively create a meaningful story about their careers. However, very scarce attention has been paid to the counsellor’s influen...
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La massification de l’accès à l’université et le taux d’échec important en première année ont poussé les institutions universitaires belges à proposer de nombreux dispositifs d’aide à la réussite. Leur inventaire chronologique est d’abord présenté, avec une attention particulière au projet « Passeports pour le Bac » (test de prérequis à l’entrée su...
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Academic failure and dropout are pervasive challenges at all levels of the education system. Research so far pointed out different aspects of this large phenomenon. On the one hand, some scholars have argued that social support is a key factor to foster learning and persistence. On the other hand, some other scholars have rather highlighted the rol...
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Le présent article propose une analyse d'un phénomène peu étudié dans la ittérature jusqu'à présent : le dépôt différé du mémoire de fin d'étude. Dans une première partie, nous tentons de comprendre ce qu'est le mémoire ; plus précisément, nous répondons aux questions : d'où vient-il ? Quels sont les objectifs pédagogiques sous-jacents d'un tel tra...
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Introduction: The present study aimed to test a theoretically-based model (the self-system model of motivational development) including at the same time the extent to which the social context provides structure, warmth and autonomy support, the students' perceived autonomy, relatedness and competence, and behavioral, cognitive and emotional student...
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors predicting postponement of final dissertation completion. This phenomenon affects a substantial number of last year’s graduate students and has been largely neglected throughout higher education literature. We aimed to confirm the results from the only study that investigated the factors relat...
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When individuals experience an emotion, they talk about it afterwards. A popular ‘emotional venting’ belief claims that doing so dissolves the emotional impact. This study tested a model of when and how sharing emotions is beneficial. It predicts that benefits vary according to the listener's response mode. A socio‐affective (empathic) mode was exp...
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Research on academic achievement at a university has mainly focused on success and persistence among first year students. Very few studies have looked at delay or failure in the completion of a final dissertation. However, this phenomenon could affect a substantial proportion of students and has considerable costs. The purpose of the present study...
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Nowadays, socioeconomic background continues to explain academic failure among first year university students. By means of a questionnaire survey on 525 freshmen students, the present study examined three processes that could explain the relation between social background and academic achievement. The two first relate to secondary school: school ef...
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This study examined the effects of personality and situational differences on superstition behaviours in sports at three non-professional competition levels. The participants were 219 athletes (169 males, 50 females). We measured superstition by the number and kind of superstitious rituals (SRs), degree of superstitious feeling, and ritual commitme...
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Using emotional film clips is one of the most popular and effective methods of emotion elicitation. The main goal of the present study was to develop and test the effectiveness of a new and comprehensive set of emotional film excerpts. Fifty film experts were asked to remember specific film scenes that elicited fear, anger, sadness, disgust, amusem...
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As we showed in a previous research, adult learners enter a University program for different reasons (Vertongen, Nils, Traversa, Bourgeois & de Viron, 2009). By extension of Nicholl's theory (1984), these motives can be considered as content (intrinsic interest) or ego (self promotion) oriented. In this research, we postulated that these reasons ar...
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The number of adult learners in universities increases every year. As for UCL, one out of nine students is a returning student, namely aged at least 25 and having interrupted their education for a minimum of one year. But who are these adults? What are their motivations? What kind of obstacles do they meet? How do they perceive their training? Are...
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The present study investigates the position of students regarding the labour market and, more specifically, the malleability of their perception regarding the labour market permeability. An experimental manipulation which aimed at inducing a certain perception of the labour market permeability was conducted on a sample of 618 secondary school stude...
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More and more adults undertake a university program for different reasons that are often unknown. The goal of this paper is to validate the adaptation of the descriptive scale measuring adults’ motives developed by Carré (2001), which referred to vocational training but not university programs. We asked 300 adults undertaking a university program t...
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Entamer ou reprendre des études universitaires est un choix de plus en plus fréquent pour des personnes déjà insérées dans la vie active (Nils, 2005). Notre problématique a consisté à s'interroger sur les motifs qui poussent ces personnes à entreprendre un programme universitaire, et ce en fonction du niveau de ce programme. A partir de la taxonomi...
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Relevance of expectancy-value in adult continuing education Nowadays, more and more adults, aged 25 and older, return to university to meet a continuing education need or, in some cases, earn a degree. The purpose of this study was to validate a questionnaire designed to measure the concepts of expectancy and perceived value of learning (Eccles & W...
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Un Nombre croissant d'adultes retourne à l'université pour des motifs pluriels et souvent méconnus. La présente recherche vise à valider une adaptation de l'échelle descriptive des motifs d'engagement en formation développéee par Carré (2001), qui concernait des formations professionnelles mais pas universitaires. Pour ce faire, 300 adultes en repr...
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The authors propose guidelines for counselors who notify parents of children with disabilities that a school reorientation is needed. They propose a model that integrates the predictors, moderators, and mediators of parental adjustment after school reorientation notification. The article includes the risk and resource factors associated with parent...
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When career guidance began in the early 1900s, the principal aim of the vocational process was job placement within the new industrial economy (Pope, 2000). The counsellors’ clients were mostly young boys ending elementary school and starting work, as well as people migrating from rural to urban industrialised areas. At that time, the person/job ma...
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In a longitudinal study conducted on 1130 adolescents (557 male and 573 female) in the 1st-6th grades from Belgian secondary schools, we tested the influence of individual factors (motivational constructs, implicit theory of intelligence and self-esteem) and environmental determinants (parenting and class environment) of academic achievement (grade...
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We report a study devised to examine middle adolescents (a) emotional arousal following an official advice given by school staff, and (b) the social sharing of this emotional event with significant others (parents, best friend...). Hundred fifteen years-old pupils filled in a self-report questionnaire. The results show that the official advice has...
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The current study has been devised to examine the extent to which 14-year-old students who received positive or negative advice from school staff regarding their academic orientation shared this emotional event with their immediate circle (mother, father, and best friend, principally) as a function of their attachment to them. The responses provide...
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Reported Reasons of the Social Sharing and the Mental Rumination of Emotion : a Comparison between Positive and Negative Episodes We examined the reported reasons of the social sharing and the mental rumination of emotion according to the positive vs. negative valence of the event. One hundred and six participants recalled a recent emotional episod...

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Educational and career transitions represent important life anticipated events that are associated with strong emotional reactions. While the role of emotions has already grasped some research attention in vocational psychology, the emotional anticipation of educational and career transitions is scarce. The goals of the present project are threefold. First, we seek to investigate how individuals emotionally anticipate educational and career events using a person-centered approach. Second, we aim to investigate the predictors and outcomes of these combinations of emotional anticipation profiles. Third, we adopt a developmental perspective by specifically looking at several important educational and career events such as the transition to higher education, the school-to-work transition and the job market entry, entrance into a lifelong learning activity, job transitions, and retirement from work.
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L’enseignement de l’oral, notamment en situation de prise de parole, est complexe pour les enseignants, entre autres parce qu’il est lié à l’individu « élève » dans toutes ses composantes identitaires, avec une implication forte des émotions. L’objectif de la recherche est double : d’une part, apporter des connaissances nouvelles quant à l’enseignement de l’oral en primaire lors des exposés oraux et, d’autre part, questionner l’apport de l’enseignement des compétences émotionnelles pour réaliser cette tâche. Travailler l’enseignement de l’oral et les émotions en synergie est l’aspect novateur de notre projet. Quels profils et comportements ont les élèves en situation de prise de parole lors d’un exposé devant la classe ? Quelles interventions sont préférables pour améliorer leurs résultats dans la compétence orale ?