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Bailey SandersonFollow

Major

Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

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Open Access

Abstract

This study takes a longitudinal approach to exploring the role of school climate during early childhood in predicting teens’ motivation to pursue post-high school plans. School climate was examined using ISAT scores in kindergarten/preschool and first grade. Twelve years later motivation for post-high school plans in adolescence was assessed. Zero-order correlations were conducted, and results indicated that school climate in preschool/kindergarten was positively correlated with adolescents having humanitarian motivation for post-high school plans that included attending college and/or working after high school. Results also indicated that school climate in first grade was positively correlated with humanitarian motivation and negatively correlated with default motivation for pursuing post-high school plans.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Christine Li-Grining, Dr. Psychology; Amanda Boyer; Zahra Naqi, psychology

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A Longitudinal Look at School Climate and Students' Motivations for Attending University

This study takes a longitudinal approach to exploring the role of school climate during early childhood in predicting teens’ motivation to pursue post-high school plans. School climate was examined using ISAT scores in kindergarten/preschool and first grade. Twelve years later motivation for post-high school plans in adolescence was assessed. Zero-order correlations were conducted, and results indicated that school climate in preschool/kindergarten was positively correlated with adolescents having humanitarian motivation for post-high school plans that included attending college and/or working after high school. Results also indicated that school climate in first grade was positively correlated with humanitarian motivation and negatively correlated with default motivation for pursuing post-high school plans.