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ERIC Number: ED451822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
African American College Students' Motivation in Education.
Hwang, Young Suk; Echols, Celina; Wood, Ralph; Vrongistinos, Konstantinos
Possible motivational factors related to the choice of college major and educational values were studied for 60 African American students. An interview guide was developed with open-ended questions designed to generate narrative about students' thoughts and perceptions of education. Students were asked why they chose their majors, what education meant to them, what it meant to be a good student, and why they studied. Findings indicate that these students tended to address various types of motivation and multiple goals related to their career decisions, educational values, and reasons for studying. The intentions and goals of these students were associated with a combination of intrinsic, extrinsic, personal, and social needs, and future goal orientations. Most of these students cited self-fulfillment as a motivator. With regard to career decision making, students seemed to concentrate on enjoyment and empathy factors, with personal enjoyment considered the most influential determinant in decision making about academic majors. Results of the study also indicate that highly intrinsically motivated students can also be involved in extrinsic, social, and future orientations. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A