Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Research in Education
Motivational Indicators of Community College Students Based on Familial Level of Educational Attainment
Dr. Patrice Morgan
In the present study, the relationship between motivational factors and familial level of educational attainment were examined in students currently enrolled in a New York City community college. The Academic Motivation Scale, AMS-C (Vallerand et al., 1992) was the tool used has it had been applied to measure the academic motivation of several undergraduate student groups in both public and private higher education settings. Researchers did not reflect use with a population of students enrolled in a New York City community college which inspired the researcher to apply it here for this study. The Ryan and Deci (2017) self-determination theory model was used in to ascertain if there was a difference in the motivational levels of students based on familial level of educational attainment. Findings highlight the importance of demonstrating to potential students the rewards and possible achievements associated with community college enrollment. Similarly, community college students who had a family member attend college had higher levels of external regulation than first-generation college students.
keywords: Motivation, First Generation, Community College.