ERIC Number: EJ781129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 41
Beyond the Rhetoric: Understanding Achievement and Motivation in Catholic School Students
Bempechat, Janine; Boulay, Beth A.; Piergross, Stephanie C.; Wenk, Kenzie A.
Education and Urban Society, v40 n2 p167-178 2008
This study examines the achievement beliefs of urban adolescents enrolled in two Catholic high schools. Qualitative analysis of individual interviews revealed that these students endorse a strong sense of personal responsibility in their own learning, adhere to adaptive beliefs about difficulty and challenge in learning, and perceive their schools as caring environments in which teachers take a deep interest in both their academic and psychosocial well-being. Results suggest that educational reform efforts can be enhanced with a greater understanding of the motivational advantage associated with Catholic education. The authors argue that concerns over self-selection should not hinder researchers' attempts to understand the factors underlying the achievement of Catholic school students.
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Catholics, Educational Change, Student Motivation, Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Urban Schools, High School Students, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Student Responsibility, Educational Environment, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
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