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McInerney, Dennis M. – Australian Journal of Education, 1991
A study in 12 New South Wales (Australia) high schools investigated differences in motivation for Aboriginal (n=496), migrant (n=487), and Anglo (n=1172) students. A consistent picture of the urban Aboriginal child emerged, and key variables in his decision making (self-reliance, confidence, and goal direction) were identified as well as…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Prevention, Educational Change
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McInerney, Dennis M. – Australian Journal of Education, 1987
A study of the attitudes and assimilation orientation of primary school teachers in New South Wales prior to publication of new state multicultural education policy addressed attitudes about maintaining ethnic identity and language, school involvement in teaching ethnic languages and multicultural curricula, and teacher characteristics of…
Descriptors: Acculturation, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education
Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; McInerney, Dennis M. – 2000
Primary and high school students (277 in grades 5-6; 615 in grades 7-12) in the United States (47 percent boys) responded to 26 items of the Facilitating Conditions Questionnaire (FCQ). Results indicate 7 distinct FCQ factors: perceived value of schooling; affect toward schooling; peer positive academic climate (Peer Positive); encouragement from…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Motivation Techniques, Public Schools
Hinkley, John W.; McInerney, Dennis M.; Marsh, Herbert W. – 2001
One reason proposed for the persistent school underachievement of Navajo students is that school culture is based largely on individualism, interpersonal competition, and other Western norms and values that may be an anathema to Native Americans. Hence, school culture may predispose them to failure. Drawing on Western concepts of achievement…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Achievement Need, American Indians
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McInerney, Dennis M.; Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; McInerney, Valentina – Journal of Applied Measurement, 2001
Validated the Motivation Orientation scales of the Inventory of School Motivation (ISM) (M. Maher, 1984) across Navajo (n=760) and Anglo (n=1,012) students. Findings show that even though the ISM motivation orientation scales are applicable to students of different cultural backgrounds, meaningful cross-cultural comparisons should use the 30 items…
Descriptors: American Indians, Anglo Americans, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies
McInerney, Dennis M., Ed.; Van Etten, Shawn, Ed. – 2001
This collection of papers explores sociocultural influences on motivation and learning across a broad range of settings and content areas. There are 16 papers in five sections. "Introduction" includes: (1) "Modern Education Needs Cross-Cultural Psychology" (Harry Triandis). Part 1, "The Motivation Context," includes:…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, American Indians, Child Rearing
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McInerney, Dennis M.; McInerney, Valentina – Clearing House, 1998
Finds the motivational profiles of five groups of students (three indigenous minority groups and two nonindigenous groups) rather than being significantly different, had much in common. Notes that important predictors of a range of school achievement criteria were goals relating to students' self-esteem at school, sense of purpose, striving for…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Indigenous Populations
Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – 1997
Students' goals (motives) for their schooling have been the focus of much recent research and have been shown to significantly influence important aspects of their cognitive engagement and academic achievement. This paper presents the results of a qualitative investigation into the nature and characteristics of students' social and academic goals,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Processes, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education
McInerney, Dennis M.; McInerney, Valentina – 1996
School motivation and achievement for an individual is the product of a complex set of interacting goals, goals which may be more or less significant to individuals from different cultural backgrounds. This paper describes a project which examines the nature of goals held by students from different cultural groups, the compatibility of these goals…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Rating, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences
McInerney, Dennis M.; And Others – 1997
The goal theory of achievement motivation maintains that the goals stressed by schools influence children's self-efficacy and willingness to try hard. This paper examines the applicability of goal theory to a Navajo school and community and widens the focus to encompass a range of potential culturally relevant goals. Interviews were conducted at…
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Competition, Cultural Relevance, Educational Attitudes
McInerney, Dennis M.; And Others – 1997
The goal theory of achievement motivation establishes that goals stressed by schools dramatically affect whether children develop a success orientation or give up when faced with failure. This paper examines how Australian children from diverse cultural backgrounds view achievement and success in the classroom. A questionnaire derived from the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Differences, Educational Attitudes, Foreign Countries
Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – 1997
This paper outlines the development of a quantitative instrument designed to measure students' multiple achievement goals and key aspects of their cognitive engagement in Australian educational settings. The paper demonstrates the use of congeneric measurement models in assessing and improving the validity of the scales comprising the Goal…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Need, Cognitive Processes, Educational Objectives
McInerney, Valentina; McInerney, Dennis M. – 1998
This paper presents a model of how multimethod approaches to research can be used to understand and measure individual diversity in learning, cognitions, and affect. The paper demonstrates the value of gathering qualitative data to supplement quantitative findings from quasi-experimental research in relation to achievement outcomes, acquiring a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Computer Anxiety, Diversity (Student)
Hinkley, John; McInerney, Dennis M. – 1998
Indigenous minority children within many multiracial communities appear to suffer educational disadvantage reflected through poor school retention and school achievement. As part of an on-going research program aimed at understanding students' motivation and school achievement this paper examines the relations and effects of parental and teacher…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Differences, Disadvantaged Youth, Indigenous Populations
Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – 1998
The relationships between middle school students' multiple motivational goal orientations and their use of multiple cognitive and metacognitive strategies were studied with a focus on relations between these motivational and cognitive variables and students' academic achievement in two curriculum areas. Participants were 602 middle school students…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Processes, Educational Objectives, Foreign Countries
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