ERIC Number: EJ897654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Reference Count: 42
Parental Influences on the Academic Motivation of Gifted Students: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective
Garn, Alex C.; Matthews, Michael S.; Jolly, Jennifer L.
Gifted Child Quarterly, v54 n4 p263-272 Oct 2010
The home environment that parents provide their gifted children can have a significant impact on academic motivation, yet limited research has focused on this topic. Self-determination theory, a comprehensive framework of motivation, was used in the current study to explore two research questions: (a) What attitudes do parents of gifted students have toward the academic motivation of their children? (b) What approaches do parents of gifted students use at home to develop academic motivation? Interviews with 30 parents of gifted children from across the United States revealed three higher order themes including "Parents as Experts," "Scaffolding," and "Behavior Modification." From a self-determination theory perspective, results suggest that despite good intentions, the parents of this study were inconsistent in providing home environments that support their children's development of internalized forms of academic motivation.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Behavior Modification, Student Motivation, Family Environment, Parent Attitudes, Interviews, Intention, Self Determination, Social Environment, Parent Role
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