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Van Etten, Shawn; Pressley, Michael; McInerney, Dennis M.; Liem, Arief Darmanegara – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2008
College seniors participated in an ethnographic interview study about their academic motivations. It was found that grades and graduation are 2 primary distal target goals that motivate their academic efforts during the senior year. A variety of proximal factors were also reported to affect the seniors' motivation. These factors can be divided…
Descriptors: College Seniors, Student Motivation, Interviews, Ethnography
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Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2001
Identifies and describes the psychological parameters of middle school students' social and work avoidance goals. Describes in detail the structure of students' work avoidance, social affiliation, social responsibility, and social concern goals. Results suggest that a range of social goal orientations are important and adaptive to students'…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Learning Motivation, Middle School Students, Middle Schools
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Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; Chui, Hong-Sheung; Lau, Ivy Cheuk-yin; McInerney, Dennis M.; Russell-Bowie, Deirdre – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2000
Examines the hierarchy of academic self-concept in four studies. Tests the hypotheses that strong hierarchical relations exist in the academic self-concept structure at a domain-specific level, and that a hierarchy exists in an educational setting with a strong focus on the curriculum. Results reveal support for the multidimensionality of academic…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Design, Educational Environment, Self Concept
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McInerney, Valentina; McInerney, Dennis M.; Marsh, Herbert W. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 1997
Two aptitude-treatment interaction studies involving 61 college students examined comparative effects of metacognitive strategy training in self-questioning within cooperative group learning and traditional direct instruction on the acquisition of computing competence, learning anxiety, and positive cognition. Results support including cooperative…
Descriptors: Adults, Aptitude, College Students, Competence
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McInerney, Dennis M.; Hinkley, John; Dowson, Martin; Van Etten, Shawn – Journal of Educational Psychology, 1998
Discusses a study in which the similarities and differences between Aboriginal Australian, Anglo Australian, and immigrant Australian students' learning-goal orientations were measured. Previous research posits that children embrace different learning goals according to their culture. In contrast, findings indicate that the profiles of all…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Need, Cultural Influences, Educational Psychology