ERIC Number: ED435266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Autobiographical Narratives of Important School Events and College Students' Current Academic Engagement.
Karabenick, Stuart A.; Brackney, Barbara E.; Dansky, Jeffrey; Schippers, John; Smith, Stephanie; Stephens, Sarah; Hicks, Brian
This study examined relationships between college students' (n=94) recall of important school-related events and the students' current academic engagement. Autobiographical narratives were coded for time period (e.g., middle school), theme (e.g., achievement), context (e.g., academics, sports), and the presence of goal-directed content (e.g., presence of need, assistance and hindrance, emotions, goals). Current student motivation and engagement in learning were assessed using a generalized version of the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire. Among the general trends reported by the study were the following: (1) students recalled more affiliative/noncurricular than academic/achievement episodes; (2) the least positive (most negative) content emerged when students described affiliative/noncurricular memories; (3) there were less than half as many middle school than either elementary or high school memories; and (4) students who were more anxious, less confident, and who used lower-level rehearsal strategies in college tended to recall more noncurricular and nonachieving episodes. Discussion focused on reasons for the low recall of episodes during middle school and the possible moderating effect of memories on current motivational tendencies and student engagement in learning. (Contains 23 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada April 19-23, 1999).