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ERIC Number: EJ915078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
Student Motivation and Program Participation
Reardon, Robert C.; Bertoch, Sara Cummings
Journal of College Student Development, v51 n6 p716-722 Nov-Dec 2010
The present study investigated the relationship between goal instability and participation in a career planning program (course) using the goal instability scale (GIS) and a completed course performance contract. Specifically, this study addressed the following question: What is the relationship between motivation, as measured by goal instability, and willingness to engage in career program activities? It was hypothesized that students with lower goal instability would perform at a higher level than those with higher goal instability. Participants included 246 undergraduate students enrolled in an introductory career development course at a large state university. The overall mean GIS scores for this sample indicated low goal instability, or high motivation, which may explain the lack of relationship between course participation and GIS scores. However, the findings indicated a significant relationship between goal stability or motivation and extra credit points obtained in the course. In other words, as motivation increased (i.e., goal instability decreased), the amount of extra credit points earned in the course increased as well. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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