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ERIC Number: EJ1102905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Distinguishing Differences in the Academic Motivation of Entering and Persisting Transfer Students
Lane, Forrest C.; Martin, Georgianna L.; Thompson, Ken
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v27 n2 p9-27 Fall 2015
Transfer students make up a significant portion of the student body in higher education today; yet, representation of their college experiences and outcomes in the literature seems sparse. This study explored transfer students to determine whether their level of engagement and belonging in college was related to their academic motivation. We further tested to ascertain differences between transfer students at the beginning of their time at a new institution (entering transfer students) with those who were continuing at their institution (persisting transfer students). Overall, engagement and belonging or attachment were positively related to transfer students' academic motivation. These findings are further discussed along with implications for practice.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Academic Motivation Scale; National Survey of Student Engagement
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A