Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Fulford III, Charles "Taze"

Committee Member

Li, Chuo

Committee Member

Gallo, Katarzyna Z.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Landscape Architecture

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Landscape Architecture


The purpose of this study is to examine the connection between self-efficacy, reflective writing, and graphic quality inside a first-year Landscape Architecture design studio. Reflective writing and self-efficacy can be studied to better understand how to motivate students within a design studio. Bandura (1977) defines self-efficacy as the belief in one’s own capabilities relating to motivation, behavior, and environment. Reflective writing is overlooked as a mode of advancing knowledge in the design process (Lousberg, 2019). The data were collected with pre- and post-semester Likert scale questionnaires, graphic skill-building tests, and reflective writing. To determine growth, the pre-and post-Likert-type questionnaires and graphic skill boxes were analyzed using STATAMP, which is a statistical analysis software. Prominent Writing Feature Analysis was used to identify writing features for each individual response. The findings are a quantitative and qualitative assessment suggesting an increase in self-efficacy relating to graphic skills and landscape architecture lexicon.