IMPACT OF SOCIAL CAPITAL ON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCE: EXPLORING CREATIVE COGNITIVE STYLE AS A MEDIATING VARIABLE
The quest for innovation plays a pivotal role in advancing scientific and societal progress. Higher education endeavors to nurture students' innovation capacities, fostering critical thinking, astute judgment, and the courage to challenge established norms while embracing human civilization's achievements. This study delves into the influence of social capital within social networks on college students' innovative performance. This paper aims to investigate the impact of social capital on college students' innovation performance, discerning its dimensions and mediating effects. It constructs a structural equation model to explore the relationship between college students' social capital (network ties, trust, shared goals) and their innovation performance dimensions (motivation, thinking, personality, achievement). The empirical validation involves a sample of 480 participants. The study delineates college students' social capital and innovation performance into specific dimensions and employs a structural equation model to gauge their interrelation. Social capital comprises network ties, trust, and shared goals, while innovation performance is assessed through motivation to innovate, thinking ability, personality traits, and actual innovation achievements. Empirical validation through structural equation modeling confirms a positive correlation between college students' social capital and innovation performance. Moreover, it highlights the mediating role of college students' cognitive innovation style in this relationship. This scholarly inquiry not only deepens our comprehension of the multifaceted factors influencing college students' innovation but also provides vital insights for educational policy formulation, pedagogical enhancements, and the cultivation of students' innovative prowess.
Social Capital, Innovation Performance, Teacher Innovation Support.