ERIC Number: EJ1180582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
What's Happening to Our Boys? A Personal Investment Analysis of Gender Differences in Student Motivation
King, Ronnel B.; Ganotice, Fraide A., Jr.
Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, v23 n1 p151-157 Mar 2014
Gender differences in student achievement and motivation have been documented in previous research, with the results usually favoring girls. However, previous research has only focused on a restricted range of motivational constructs which may not capture the multidimensionality and complexity of motivation. Moreover, most of these studies were conducted among Western, mostly North American students, thus the generalizability of these findings to other populations remains questionable. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the nature and extent of gender differences in student motivation using a broader range of motivational constructs drawn from Personal Investment Theory. Filipino secondary school students (N = 1,674) participated in this study. Results indicated that boys had a more maladaptive profile across most of the dimensions investigated, although the effect sizes were small. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Student Motivation, Secondary School Students, Effect Size, Foreign Countries, Self Concept, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Philippines
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