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ERIC Number: EJ1193899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
A Person-Centered Investigation of Achievement Motivation Goals and Correlates of Community College Student Achievement and Persistence
Fong, Carlton J.; Acee, Taylor W.; Weinstein, Claire Ellen
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v20 n3 p369-387 Nov 2018
Given low rates of student retention in community colleges, there has been growing interest in understanding characteristics that put students at-risk and that serve to buffer against academic difficulty. In particular, research on student success has focused on demographic predictors that are difficult to change, whereas motivational variables--that are malleable--require greater attention. In addition, studies have utilized variable-centered approaches, but in the present study, we use a person-centered approach to identify distinct motivational profiles informed by goal-orientation theory. With a large sample of community college students, we identified five clusters and found that high levels of mastery approach goals and moderate levels of performance-approach goal orientation were the ideal combination of academic motives for grade point average and persistence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Patterns of Adaptive Learning Survey
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