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Comparison of Academic Motivation of Academically Prepared and Academically Unprepared Community College Students

Title: A Comparison of Academic Motivation of Academically Prepared and Academically Unprepared Community College Students.
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Name(s): Lavender, Mary Melissa, author
Bower, Beverly, professor directing dissertation
Lake, Vickie E., outside committee member
Beckham, Joseph, committee member
Schwartz, Robert A., committee member
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Community colleges across the nation have the challenge to educate students who come to postsecondary education at varying levels of academic preparedness. Cross (2001) and others (Agbor-Baiyee, 1997; Dweck, 2000; Hamilton, 1996; Hynd, Holschuh, & Nist, 2000; Miller, DeBacker, & Green, 1999; Struthers & Menec, 1996; Tuckman, 1996; Yair, 2000) have reported on the importance of motivation and its relationship to student learning. Although the research has proven to be of great value, it often excludes a comparison of academic preparedness and the impact academic preparedness may have on motivation. This study compared academic motivation between academically prepared and academically unprepared community college students. In addition, the researcher collected data to determine whether a relationship exists between academic motivation level and academic achievement as defined by grade point average. Surveying students from a community college in northwest Florida, the Academic Motivation Scale (AMS-C) was used to assess motivation along a continuum as described by Deci and Ryan's (1985) self-determination theory. Results from this study indicate that there are motivational similarities between academically prepared and academically unprepared students and that there is a relationship between motivational levels and academic success.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3254 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: April 25, 2005.
Keywords: Academic Preparation, Community College, Motivation, Academically Unprepared
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Beverly Bower, Professor Directing Dissertation; Vickie E. Lake, Outside Committee Member; Joseph Beckham, Committee Member; Robert A. Schwartz, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3254
Owner Institution: FSU

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Lavender, M. M. (2005). A Comparison of Academic Motivation of Academically Prepared and Academically Unprepared Community College Students. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3254