Self-determination theory and student motivation in social studies in an urban Broward County public high school

Roberto Fernandez, Florida International University

Abstract

This study investigated how students perceived their motivation in high school social studies classes in school and to determine if a correlation exists between students’ grade level, race, gender, and their motivation. The sample included 337 high school students in Broward County, Florida. ^ To assess students’ perceptions on their motivation the academic self-regulation questionnaire was utilized. Results indicate that social studies students show high levels of external regulation, with a mean score at 22.31 on a scale of 36 points. The results show a mean score of 24 on a scale of 28 points for identified regulation among social studies students. ^ Findings revealed that student motivation could be gauged. No statistical significance was found between high school students’ grade level, race, gender, and their motivation in social studies classes. The findings of this study have shown that students at Boyd H. Anderson High School want to learn social studies.^

Subject Area

Education, Educational Psychology|Education, Social Sciences|Psychology, General

Recommended Citation

Roberto Fernandez, "Self-determination theory and student motivation in social studies in an urban Broward County public high school" (January 1, 2011). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI1499127.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1499127

Files over 15MB may be slow to open. For best results, right-click and select "Save as..."

Share

COinS