ERIC Number: ED475592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
The Academic Environment's Impact on Motivation in Resilient and Non-Resilient Middle Schoolers.
Rouse, Kimberly A. Gordon
Noting that the impact of the academic environment on motivation among resilient and non-resilient high schoolers has been established, this study sought to determine if the same were true for middle school students. Six resilient and 43 non-resilient students from 4 urban, Midwestern middle schools participated. Subjects' beliefs about the academic environment and motivation were measured using the Assessment of Academic Self-Concept and Motivation (AASCM). Findings indicated that the resilient students had more positive beliefs about their academic environment than non-resilient students. The instrument utilized breaks down the academic environment into cognitive, social, extra-curricular, and personal subscales. None of the subscales proved significant in their own subsequent t-tests; only the total academic environment proved to be significant. The resilient students' motivation, assessed within the Motivational Systems Theory, was also more positive than that of the non-resilient students. (Includes table of motivational goals. Contains 20 references.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Tampa, FL, April 24-27, 2003).