Valerie Sotardi

Senior LecturerDr Valerie Sotardi

Rehua 420
Internal Phone: 93649
"The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting." (Plutarch, On Listening to Lectures)

Research Interests

My research interests focus on motivation and stress management in young people.

I am particularly interested in:
(a) identifying diverse settings in which young people experience stress and anxiety;
(b) evaluating how these experiences affect the attitudes, self-perceptions, and well-being of young people; and
(c) designing evidence-based coping strategies to help young people effectively manage stress and anxiety.

I consider myself a multidisciplinary researcher. My formal training is in educational psychology, but I also extend my scholarship to other disciplines such as sociology, law, geography, philosophy, and public policy. I adopt a wide range of methodological approaches, including mixed-method studies.

Broadly, I seek to conduct applied research that contributes positively to youth in society.

Please contact me at valerie.sotardi@canterbury.ac.nz with any queries.

Recent Publications

  • Sotardi V. (2022) On Institutional Belongingness and Academic Performance: Mediating Effects of Social Self-Efficacy and Metacognitive Strategies. Studies in Higher Education http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2022.2081678.
  • Sotardi V. and Dutton H. (2022) First-Year University Students' Authentic Experiences with Evaluation Anxiety and their Attitudes toward Assessment. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2022.2059445.
  • Sotardi V., Taylor L., Brogt E., Cheer U. and Baird N. (2022) Influences on students’ interest in a legal career, satisfaction with law school, & psychological distress: trends in New Zealand. Law Teacher 56(1): 67-89. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2021.1968166.
  • Sotardi VA., Surtees N., Vincent K. and Johnston H. (2022) Belonging and adjustment for LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ students during the social transition to university.. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 15(6): 755-765. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000305.
  • Tahir F., Mitrovic A. and Sotardi V. (2022) Investigating the causal relationships between badges and learning outcomes in SQL-Tutor. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning 17(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s41039-022-00180-4.