Hope for success: effects of an academic intervention for at-risk college students

dc.contributorRobinson, Cecil D.
dc.contributorTomek, Sara
dc.contributorHall, James C.
dc.contributorAustin, Julia
dc.contributor.advisorThoma, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Corrie Melinda
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-01T17:35:45Z
dc.date.available2017-03-01T17:35:45Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractHope theory provides a framework for understanding individual differences in human motivation and ultimately, academic achievement. However, research on the short-term and long-term effects of educational hope interventions is limited. This multi-pronged quantitative analysis of a hope-based intervention demonstrates the combined value of hope, self-determination, and goal orientation theories as guiding frameworks for teaching college students considered at-risk for failure in the context of a study skills course. Results of pre/post questionnaire data suggest the intervention is successful in enhancing constructs related to hope and well-being such as positive affect, optimism, and adaptive coping styles. Content analysis of regular goals set by students as part of their participation in the intervention suggested mechanisms by which positive changes occur. Finally, evidence from longitudinal data analysis including student performance after course completion suggests the intervention may have positive lasting effects that could alter students’ academic trajectories. Taken together, results from the three sets of data provide evidence that the intervention helps students learn strategies useful for reaching their goals. The hope—goal orientation—self-determination theory triad seems to provide a useful framework for higher education practitioners and decision-makers to discuss practical means of increasing retention and graduation rates, especially among specific populations considered at risk for failure and/or drop-out.en_US
dc.format.extent175 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0001955
dc.identifier.otherHarris_alatus_0004D_12382
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2373
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
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.subjectHigher education
dc.titleHope for success: effects of an academic intervention for at-risk college studentsen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling
etdms.degree.disciplineEducational Psychology
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.leveldoctoral
etdms.degree.namePh.D.
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