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ERIC Number: EJ869007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1937-0814
Hope & Achievement Goals as Predictors of Student Behavior & Achievement in a Rural Middle School
Walker, Christopher O.; Winn, Tina D.; Adams, Blakely N.; Shepard, Misty R.; Huddleston, Chelsea D.; Godwin, Kayce L.
Middle Grades Research Journal, v4 n4 p17-30 2009
Relations among a set of cognitive-motivational variables were examined with the intent being to assess and clarify the nature of their interconnections within a middle school sample. Student perception of hope, which includes perceptions of agency and pathways, was investigated, along with personal achievement goal orientation, as predictors of student willingness to seek help, student engagement in disruptive behaviors, and academic achievement. A sample of 314 participants (approximately 52% Native American, 22% Caucasian, 10% Hispanic, 8% African American, and 4% "Other") was obtained from a rural middle school in the Midwestern United States. Consistent with theoretical predictions, intercorrelations among measures of hope, achievement goal orientation, help-seeking, disruptive behavior, and achievement were found. Additionally, regression analysis revealed that student perceptions of available pathways were the lone significant contributor to the prediction of academic achievement, while mastery goals and pathways were predictive of student help-seeking behaviors. Finally, mastery goals and agency were found to be statistically significant predictors of disruptive behaviors. Implications relating to both theory and practice are discussed. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A