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ERIC Number: ED409138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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Achievement Motivation in Rural African-American Female High School Honor Graduates. Preliminary Report.
Grant, Dale F.; And Others
This report examines motivational variables and support structures that influenced the success of African American females who graduated with honors from a rural Georgia high school. Case studies focus on the nature of the honor graduates' friendships and the role that friendship may have played in motivating these students to become honor graduates. Subjects were 6 of the 10 African-American females who were 1996 honor graduates. Data were collected from a participant questionnaire and interview protocol; school transcripts; and instruments assessing intelligence, self-concept, motivational orientation, and school attitudes. Participants had ability scores in the average to above average range and grade point averages ranging from 89.86 to 93.64 percent. Participants perceived themselves to be strongest in the area of behavioral conduct; global self-worth and social acceptance were also very positive. The only domain in which the group mean indicated negative self-perceptions was athletic competence. In addition, participants felt most successful when learning new and interesting things, solving tricky or complex problems, understanding complicated ideas, and thinking. The group agreed that the purposes of schooling were to teach students to overcome obstacles, set high standards and not give up, prepare for challenging jobs, become creative problem solvers, and be imaginative. Although participants reported that they had strong support from parents and other family members, it was the casual yet consistent support from friends that proved to be a critical factor in their pursuit of high academic achievement. Appendices include descriptions of the Self-Perception Profile for Adolescents, the Motivational Orientation Scales, and Scales for Assessing the Purposes of School. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test