ERIC Number: EJ1089748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Stay on or Drop Out? The Role of Identities in Continued Participation at Technical College in Australia
Fisher, Laurel J.
International Journal of Training Research, v12 n2 p106-121 2014
Identities extend standard models that explain student motivations to complete courses at technical college. A differential hypothesis was that profiles of identities (individuality, belonging and place) explain the self-concepts and task values that contribute to participation, considering demographic factors (age, gender, location, paid work). The participants (Study 1, N = 406; Study 2, N = 225) were adolescents (36%, 36%), young adults (46%, 48%) and adults (18%, 16%). Study 1 confirmed the reliable and distinct identities of individuality, belonging and place. In Study 2, individuality and belonging influenced self-concepts, belonging at work/college and local identity of place influenced self-concepts and task values. These identities were typically common across demographic factors, and self-concepts and task values contributed to staying on to complete courses at technical college. In conclusion, in addition to key demographic factors, the differentiated identities add meaning to the standard expectancy-value models of student motivation to participation in learning.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technical Institutes, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Potential Dropouts, Sense of Community, Self Concept, Student Motivation, Models, Factor Analysis, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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