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ERIC Number: EJ783209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0973
Achievement Motivation in Adolescents: The Role of Peer Climate and Best Friends
Nelson, R. Michael; DeBacker, Teresa K.
Journal of Experimental Education, v76 n2 p170-189 Win 2008
Using M. L. Maehr's (1984) theory of personal investment, the authors investigated associations among perceived peer relationships and achievement motivation during science class. Middle school and high school students (N = 253) completed a self-report questionnaire assessing peer classroom climate, achievement-related beliefs and values of a best friend, achievement goals, social goals, and self-efficacy. Regression analyses indicated that perceived peer relationship variables explained variance in achievement motivation. Adolescents who perceived being valued and respected by classmates were more likely to report adaptive achievement motivation. Reports of adaptive achievement motivation were also related to having a good quality friendship and a best friend who values academics. Having a poor quality friendship and perceiving classmates to be resistant to school norms were related to reports of maladaptive achievement motivation. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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