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ERIC Number: ED516239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 169
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7459-7
An Examination of Classroom Social Environment on Motivation and Engagement of College Early Entrant Honors Students
Maddox, Richard S.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
This study set out to examine the relationships between the classroom social environment, motivation, engagement and achievement of a group of early entrant Honors students at a large urban university. Prior research on the classroom environment, motivation, engagement and high ability students was examined, leading to the assumption that the classroom environment was linked to student achievement. Early entrant students (n=65) were surveyed to determine their perceptions of the classroom environment and their levels of motivation, engagement and achievement. An instructor support for engagement scale (Ryan & Patrick 2001) was used as an indicator of classroom environment. A goal orientation scale measuring mastery orientation, adapted from the Patterns of Adaptive Learning Survey (PALS; Midgley et al., 1996) was used to measure student motivation and engagement was assessed using the modified task-related "interaction subscale" Patrick (2007). Student achievement self-reported as grade point average (GPA) was collected. The results of the analysis revealed correlations between the classroom and student experience (r=0.32, p greater than 0.01) and engagement (r=0.30, p greater than 0.05); engagement and motivation were correlated (r= 0.32, p greater than 0.01). None of the variables were correlated with achievement. [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: Higher Education
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Language: English
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