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ERIC Number: EJ963983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Purpose Plus: Supporting Youth Purpose, Control, and Academic Achievement
Pizzolato, Jane Elizabeth; Brown, Elizabeth Levine; Kanny, Mary Allison
New Directions for Youth Development, n132 p75-88 Win 2011
Research in the past decade suggests that a persistent achievement gap between students from low-income minority backgrounds and higher-income white backgrounds may be rooted in theories of student motivation and youth purpose. Yet limited research exists regarding the role of purpose on positive youth development as it pertains to academic achievement. Using a sample of 209 high school students, this study examines the effectiveness of an intervention designed to promote purpose development and internal control over academic success in high school students from a low-socioeconomic-status community. Findings reveal that a short-term intervention was effective in significantly increasing internal control over academic success and purpose in life for students participating in the intervention group. In addition, analysis of academic achievement for students who experienced positive gains in internal control and purpose demonstrates significant gains in academic achievement as measured by grade point average. Implications are made for further study of internal control and life purpose as a means of academic intervention in the effort to address the achievement gap.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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