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ERIC Number: ED577826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 169
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-0-3550-9283-7
The Impact of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation on the Academic Achievement of Non-Traditional Undergraduate Students
Arce, Alma Lorenia
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Grand Canyon University
Non-traditional students have become a growing component of the student population in today's college systems. Research has shown that non-traditional students are less likely to achieve academically and complete their degree programs compared to traditional students. The purpose of this quantitative, correlational study was to investigate the extent to which intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation predicted the academic achievement among non-traditional undergraduate students. To study the extent to which student motivation predicted the academic achievement of non-traditional students, Tinto's model of retention was utilized as the theoretical framework. Two research questions guided this study in the examination of the degree to which intrinsic and extrinsic motivation predicted non-traditional undergraduate students' academic performance while controlling for the demographic variables of age, gender, and minority status at two university campuses in the United States. The AMS-C 28 instrument was administered to a sample of 120 non-traditional students over the age 24 from a total population of 2,071 potential participants. The data gathered from this sample population included female participants (n = 73, 60.3%) and male participants (n = 47, 39.7%). Participant age was between 25 and 59 years with a mean age of 33.86. Participant race reported being White (n = 61, 53.5%), while 46.5% (n = 53) reported being Non-White. The results of the study showed that both, intrinsic motivation (1.2% chance error) and intrinsic motivation (2.7% chance error) did not significantly predict self-reported academic achievement. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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