Motivation : its relationship to attrition of college students

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dc.contributor.advisor Klem, John L. en_US
dc.contributor.author Dietzer, Margaret Smith en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:24:52Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:24:52Z
dc.date.created 1988 en_US
dc.date.issued 1988
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1988 .D5 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/175852
dc.description.abstract The primary purpose of this research study was to determine if scores from a measure of self-reported motivation, the Academic Motivation Scale (AMS), increased ability to predict persistence during the student's first 2 years of college. This scale was designed by Robert Baker of Clark College (Massachusetts) and was designed specifically to measure academic motivation to succeed in college. This study examined contribution of the AMS to the prediction of attrition after controlling for the traditional variables used in predicting college performance. These variables included the Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, high school percentile rank, gender, and socioeconomic status of the family.A sample of 221 matriculating college freshmen from intact classes were used in this study. Random assignment of the classes assured a representative sample.A regression analysis was used to determine what contribution scores on the AMS made to the prediction of attrition when the traditionally used variables (Sex, SES, SATV, SATM) were held constant. The conclusion of the analysis revealed that the AMS did not add significantly to the prediction of attrition in this study. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Psychology
dc.format.extent 2, vi, 70 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Motivation (Psychology) -- Testing. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh College attendance. en_US
dc.title Motivation : its relationship to attrition of college students en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/558347 en_US


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