Brownbag Presentation on Motivational Profiles

Drs. Kui Xie and Vanessa Vongkulluksn will present in the Educational Psychology Brown Bag on “Insights of Motivational Profile on Engagement and Academic Performance.”

Monday, November 6, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Ramseyer Hall 136

This study examined the relationship among motivation, engagement, and academic performance through both variable- and person-centered research approaches. Participants include 4170 students in grades 8 to 12 from twelve public schools across a Midwestern state in the United States. Variable-centered path modeling confirmed that motivation factors influence academic performance through the mediation of cognitive and social engagement. Person-centered latent profile analysis revealed six motivational profiles including very low motivation, low intrinsic motivation, mid-low motivation, mid-level motivation, high overall motivation, and high intrinsic/low extrinsic motivation profile groups. Students in these motivational profiles exhibited differences in cognitive and social engagement, as well as academic performance. Additionally, three patterns of relationship among cognitive engagement, social engagement, and GPA were identified, suggesting that the role of engagement in predicting academic performance differs according to students’ motivational profile membership.