Effects of Motivation on Educational Attainment: Ethnic and Developmental Differences Among First-Generation Students

Author(s):
Próspero, Moisés; Russell, Amy Catherine; Vohra-Gupta, Shetal
Publication Year:
2012
Source:
Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

This study investigated differences in educational motivation among Hispanic and non-Hispanic first-generation students (FGS). Participants were 315 high school and college students who completed a revised academic motivation survey that measured participants’ educational motivation (intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, and amotivation). The study found that extrinsic and amotivation were significant predictors of grade point averages (GPAs) among FGS. In addition, high school FGS and Hispanic students were more likely to report higher intrinsic motivation than college FGS and non-Hispanic students. Implications for higher education are discussed.

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