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Co-Development of Academic Interest and Effortful Engagement and Its Role for Educational Attainment in a Tracked School System


Steinhoff, Annekatrin; Buchmann, Marlis (2017). Co-Development of Academic Interest and Effortful Engagement and Its Role for Educational Attainment in a Tracked School System. Research in Human Development, 14(2):122-142.

Abstract

Internal dynamics of school engagement and their impact on educational attainment have been studied scarcely. Understanding these processes is crucial, particularly in view of declining school engagement across adolescent years. This study examines dynamic interrelations of motivational and behavioral engagement components across mid-childhood and mid-adolescence. We analyze how levels and changes of academic interest and effortful engagement interact and scrutinize their co-development for its impact on educational attainment in a tracked school system. Structural equation models based on ten-year six-wave Swiss longitudinal data show that academic interest triggers a feedback loop with effortful engagement gradually leading towards differential educational attainment.

Abstract

Internal dynamics of school engagement and their impact on educational attainment have been studied scarcely. Understanding these processes is crucial, particularly in view of declining school engagement across adolescent years. This study examines dynamic interrelations of motivational and behavioral engagement components across mid-childhood and mid-adolescence. We analyze how levels and changes of academic interest and effortful engagement interact and scrutinize their co-development for its impact on educational attainment in a tracked school system. Structural equation models based on ten-year six-wave Swiss longitudinal data show that academic interest triggers a feedback loop with effortful engagement gradually leading towards differential educational attainment.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
06 Faculty of Arts > Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:27 Feb 2018 15:45
Last Modified:19 Aug 2018 14:33
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1542-7609
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/15427609.2017.1305810
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID10FI14_150996
  • : Project TitleCOCON: 6th & 7th Survey Waves and Preparation of Scientific Use Files

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