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ERIC Number: ED514749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 206
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-9967-8
Stuck in the Middle: Career Progress, Motivation, and Engagement among Urban Middle School Students
Brogan, Deirdre T.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Boston College
The process of educational and vocational development does not occur at a single point in time. Many indicators of dropping out of high school, for example, are present by middle school (Alexander et al., 1997; Balfanz et al., 2007). Yet, research and practice focus almost exclusively on enriching the learning and work experiences of high school students (cf. Fouad, 1997; Solberg, Howard, Blustein, & Close, 2002), and little is known about the factors related to career progress in urban middle school students. In order to address this gap, the current study used a developmental contextualism framework to explore the relationship of a variety of academic and motivational factors with students' career progress at the middle school level. Specifically, this study investigated the contributions of school engagement, academic motivational beliefs (self-efficacy, intrinsic value, skepticism), gender, school grade, prior attendance, and prior Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) scores (Math and English Language Arts, (ELA) to career progress. Urban middle school students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade completed self-report questionnaires assessing career progress, school engagement, and academic motivational beliefs. Academic achievement (i.e. MCAS Math and ELA scores) and attendance for the previous academic year were obtained from school records. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System