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ERIC Number: EJ867703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Making the Grade: Understanding Learning and Grade Orientations of First-Year Students
Purcell, Jennifer M.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v21 n2 p35-46 2009
First-year undergraduate students enter college with varying expectations, motivations, and goals and are being bombarded with messages about the importance of grades, sometimes to the detriment of learning. This descriptive, cross-sectional study employs LOGO II to describe the learning and grade orientations of first-year students and identify differences between students enrolled at two- and four-year institutions. Predictor variables and effect sizes related to each orientation are also reported. Results show that students are motivated to learn for the sake of learning, not simply to earn good grades, and help paint a more complete picture of first-year student motivation in the college classroom. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A