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Current Projects

Motivation and Achievement in Rural Appalachia (MARA)

Researchers in the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab are currently working with schools in eastern Kentucky to examine the relationship between cultural factors associated with rurality and the academic motivation and achievement of rural students in the region. First-generation college students are typically defined as students whose parents have not attended college. Cultural influences may …

Motivation in Engineering

Influence of Motivation on Learning Outcomes in an Engineering Service Course The P20 Motivation and Learning Lab is currently involved in collaborative research funded by the National Science Foundation Research Initiative Grants in Engineering Education (RIGEE). This grant seeks to establish an interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers in the fields of engineering and educational sciences. The …

Perfectionism and Self-Efficacy

The P20 lab members are examining the relationship between perfection and Math self-efficacy using data¬† collected from students in seven Fayette County Public Schools (3 elementary, 4 middle) in seven waves (N ~ 2,500). Surveys were administered in the domains of reading and mathematics and include many measures of academic motivation. Achievement scores and teacher …

Self-Regulation and Calibration in Undergraduate Biology Students (SCRUBS)

Researchers in the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab are currently working with undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky to examine the relationship between students’ self-regulated learning strategies and their calibration in an introductory biology course. This project is being conducted in collaboration with professors in the biology department at the University of Kentucky.   …