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ERIC Number: EJ994237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Differences in Students' Motivation to Attend College: Large versus Small High Schools
Horyna, Brittney; Bonds-Raacke, Jennifer M.
Education, v132 n4 p708-724 Sum 2012
The current study examined the relationship between the variables: school size, motivation, and college attendance to determine if the size of a student's high school, along with his/her motivational tendencies, influenced the student's choice to pursue a college education. Data was gathered from college students attending a small mid-west university (N = 266) using a brief demographics survey, as well as Vallerand et al.'s (1992) Academic Motivation Scale. Results of a factorial MANOVA revealed a significant main effect for sex on the motivational subscales: extrinsic motivation-identified, extrinsic motivation-external regulation, and amotivation. Additional follow-up analyses indicated the existence of significant, positive, linear relationships between approximate number of senior classmates and the following subscales: intrinsic motivation-towards accomplishment, extrinsic motivation-identified, and extrinsic motivation-introjected. Furthermore, these results indicated a significant relationship between approximate high school enrollment and intrinsic motivation-towards accomplishment and a marginally significant relationship between approximate number of senior classmates and extrinsic motivation-external regulation. Results will be discussed in light of previous research and literature regarding secondary educational institutions, the various types of motivation, and their impact on students' academic performance. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Academic Motivation Scale