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Predicting the Academic Success of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program Participants: A Socio-ecological Approach

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Amy Duffy (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Deborah Cassidy

Abstract: The current study examines the relationship between academic motivation, child care center professional development support, community college student support and academic success. The Academic Motivation Scale (AMS; Vallerand, Pelletier, Blais, Brière, Senécal, & Vallières, 1992) and a survey that assessed child care professional development support and community college student support was used in this study. Extrinsic motivation was found to be the most significant predictor of academic success as measured by GPA, whereas amotivation was found to be the most significant predictor of academic success as measured by academic progress. There was a significant relationship between working in a center that awarded education based raises and academic success as measured by early childhood GPA and academic progress. Similarly, working in a center with formal written salary scales was found to be positively correlated to early childhood GPA. A significant relationship was also found between working in a center that conducted regular staff evaluations and academic progress. Furthermore, the accessibility of an academic advisor at the community college was found to be related to early childhood GPA. Finally, required academic advisement and quantity of advisement were both found to be related to academic progress. Discussion of policy implications of the current findings and future research is included.

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Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2008
Keywords
Academic Success, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program, Participants, academic motivation, child care center, professional development support, Academic Motivation Scale, amotivation
Subjects
Academic achievement.
Motivation in education.
Early childhood education.
Prediction of scholastic success.