The Resource Investigating sense of school belonging amongst college students, by Stefanie A. Mueller

Investigating sense of school belonging amongst college students, by Stefanie A. Mueller

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Investigating sense of school belonging amongst college students
Title
Investigating sense of school belonging amongst college students
Statement of responsibility
by Stefanie A. Mueller
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The extent to which students feel supported, respected by, or connected to their learning environment has been extensively researched in middle school and high school populations (L. Anderman, 2003; Brew et al., 2004; Goodenow, 1992,1993; Juvonen, 2006, Nichols, 2006), but has been less closely examined in college student populations. The goal of this study was to investigate college students' sense of school belonging and its relation to students' motivation while considering student individual differences including their affiliation with campus organizations as well as their traditional versus nontraditional student status. Self-report surveys were completed by 393 undergraduate college students enrolled in education, history, and psychology courses at a large urban university in the southwest United States. All participants completed an on-line self-report instrument consisting of an informed consent document, demographics items, and 72 Liken-scaled items. Thirty-seven of the Likert-scaled questions directly reflected students' feelings of sense of school belonging and reported motivational beliefs. Factor analysis indicated that sense of school belonging items were comprised of three reliable factors including sense of belonging with peers, instructor support, and relatedness of self with school. Furthermore, traditional students' sense of belonging was associated with sense of belonging with peers on campus whereas nontraditional students' sense of belonging was associated more with instructor support on campus. Results also showed that instructor support was a positive predictor of both mastery approach and mastery avoidance goals whereas sense of belonging with peers was a positive predictor of performance approach goals. The findings of this study extend previous research examining sense of school belonging in middle school and high school students. Sense of school belonging was an important predictor of motivation in a college student population. The present findings provide support for further research examining the multi-dimensionality of sense of school belonging while considering important individual differences. The implications of the present study for future research investigating student individual differences, dimensions of sense of school belonging in a college student population, and student motivational beliefs are discussed
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Mueller, Stefanie A
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
2008.
Granting institution
University of Houston,
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
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  • College students
  • Student adjustment
  • College environment
  • Belonging (Social psychology)
Label
Investigating sense of school belonging amongst college students, by Stefanie A. Mueller
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Publication
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Degree granted by College of Education
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves [104]-118)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
883849540
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
xi, 123 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)883849540
Label
Investigating sense of school belonging amongst college students, by Stefanie A. Mueller
Publication
Copyright
Note
Degree granted by College of Education
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves [104]-118)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
883849540
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
xi, 123 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)883849540

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