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ERIC Number: EJ1175688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1098-1608
Learning Behavior and Motivation of At-Risk College Students: The Case of a Self-Regulatory Learning Class
Sun, Jerry Chih-Yuan; Oh, Youn Joo; Seli, Helena; Jung, Matthew
Journal of At-Risk Issues, v20 n2 p12-24 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore the motivational characteristics and learning behaviors affecting at-risk college students. To explore how motivation and learning behaviors are related to academic achievement, the relationships between (a) self-efficacy; (b) learning and study strategy indicators; and (c) academic outcomes were assessed. The trajectories of self-efficacy changes were also examined. Data were collected in three sets from freshmen in a self-regulatory learning class at a university in the Southwestern United States. Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling were conducted to examine the relationships among the observed variables. Changes in self-efficacy scores were examined during the semester. The results revealed a positive change in self-efficacy. Certain learning strategies and motivational characteristics, including attitude, interest, and attention, significantly predicted academic outcomes for the at-risk college freshman population studied. Implications and recommendations for future studies are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire; SAT (College Admission Test)
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