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ERIC Number: EJ866899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Examining Relationships between Academic Motivation and Personality among College Students
Clark, M. H.; Schroth, Christopher A.
Learning and Individual Differences, v20 n1 p19-24 Feb 2010
Relationships between personality and academic motivation were examined using 451 first-year college students. Multiple regressions compared three types of intrinsic motivation, three types of extrinsic motivation and amotivation to five personality factors. Results indicated that those who were intrinsically motivated to attend college tended to be extroverted, agreeable, conscientious, and open to new experiences; although these trends varied depending on the specific type of intrinsic motivation. Those who were extrinsically motivated tended to be extroverted, agreeable, conscientious, and neurotic; depending on the type of extrinsic motivation. Those who lacked motivation tended to be disagreeable and careless. These results suggest that students with different personality characteristics have different reasons for pursuing college degrees and different academic priorities. (Contains 1 figure and 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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