Autonomy support in US ninth-grade science classrooms: exploring a self-determination model of motivation using national IES data

dc.contributorDantzler, John A.
dc.contributorNichols, Sharon E.
dc.contributorSchumacker, Randall E.
dc.contributorScofield, Jason M.
dc.contributor.advisorRobinson, Cecil D.
dc.contributor.authorDerriso, Anthony
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractUsing self-determination theory (SDT) as a conceptual framework, this research examines motivation in our nation's science classrooms by conducting a secondary data analysis of the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09). The study describes the creation of a valid measure of autonomy support within HSLS:09 and validates critical components of SDT with a nationally representative sample of data. Results indicate males and females do not differ meaningfully on measures of autonomy support, science perceived competence, science interest, or science identity. Autonomy support was a statistically significant predictor of science perceived competence, science interest and science identity, and these relationships were the same for males and females. Among US ninth-graders intending to pursue STEM occupations, 84% are boys and 16% are girls. Science perceived competence and science identity mediated the relationship between science autonomy support and students' intentions to pursue a STEM career. Additionally, science perceived competence and science identity significantly discriminated between students who intended to pursue a STEM occupation and those who did not.en_US
dc.format.extent110 p.
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectEducational psychology
dc.subjectScience education
dc.titleAutonomy support in US ninth-grade science classrooms: exploring a self-determination model of motivation using national IES dataen_US
dc.typetext of Alabama. Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling Psychology University of Alabama
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