Achievement Motivation In Hispanic University Students: Associations With Reasons For Attending College

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Simona Gizdarska (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Lindsay Masland

Abstract: Despite the trend of increasing diversity in the United States population, a concomitant increase in research on ethnic differences in achievement motivation has not been observed. As the attainment of an undergraduate degree becomes a necessity for positive life outcomes, further research is needed to assess ethnic minority students’ motivations for pursuing a higher education and how they relate to their levels of achievement motivation in the college classroom. A sample of ethnically diverse undergraduate students (n = 180) completed surveys targeting their achievement motivation (achievement goals and extrinsic/intrinsic motivation), motivations for attending college, and academic performance. Results revealed no ethnic differences in students’ achievement motivation and reasons for attending college, with one exception - Hispanic students were more likely to attend college because of encouragement than were Non-Hispanic White students. Neither achievement motivation nor ethnicity was able to predict students’ academic performance. Students’ achievement motivation orientation better explained reasons for attending college than ethnicity.

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Gizdarska, S. (2017). "Achievement Motivation In Hispanic University Students: Associations With Reasons For Attending College." Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2017
achievement motivation, achievement goals, instinct/extrinsic motivation, motivations for attending college, ethnic differences

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