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Johnson, Marcus Lee; Taasoobshirazi, Gita; Clark, Lauren; Howell, Leah; Breen, Mishele – Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 2016
We surveyed 139 (88 traditional, 51 nontraditional) students on various motivational measures of self-determination, attribution, and expectancy-value to (a) investigate motivational differences by student status and (b) identify the motivational variables that best predict academic achievement by student status. Results of a multivariate analysis…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, College Students, Nontraditional Students, Self Determination
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Johnson, Marcus Lee; Safavian, Nayssan – Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 2016
In this article, we present 2 studies with the primary objectives of (a) identifying college-aged students' perceived costs for their academic studies and (b) exploring college students' descriptions of "beneficial" aspects of costs. In Study 1, 10 cost concepts were identified from 2 focus groups, including stress, lost opportunities,…
Descriptors: Student Costs, Paying for College, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
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Johnson, Marcus Lee; Kestler, Jessica L. – College and University, 2014
A number of U.S. higher education institutions are converting from quarter-to semester-based academic calendars; in fall 2012, seventeen Ohio institutions did so. Over a two-year time period, college student samples were recruited from a large, public, urban, Midwestern university that was undergoing a transition from a quarter-based to a…
Descriptors: Semester System, Quarter System, Transitional Programs, College Students
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Johnson, Marcus Lee; Edwards, Ordene V.; Dai, Ting – Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2014
Many scholars have argued that motivation is dynamic and malleable across time and contexts. In this article, we investigated changes in undergraduates' task value and self-efficacy across an academic semester. Sixty three undergraduate students completed the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire across five time points in their…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Motivation, Self Efficacy, Questionnaires
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Johnson, Marcus Lee; Sinatra, Gale M. – Journal of Educational Research, 2014
Recently, conceptual change research has been experiencing a warming trend (G. M. Sinatra, 2005) whereby motivational and affective factors are being explored in the conceptual change process. The purpose of this study is to explore the 2 × 2 framework of achievement goal theory in relation to students' conceptual change learning for a specific…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Biology
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Johnson, Marcus Lee; Sinatra, Gale M. – Contemporary Educational Psychology, 2013
This study explored the relationship between task values, engagement, and conceptual change. One hundred and sixty-six under graduate students were randomly assigned to one of three task value instructional inductions (utility, attainment, and control) to determine whether induced task values would result in different degrees of engagement and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Students, Concept Formation, Student Motivation