What’s happening to our boys? A personal investment analysis of gender differences in student motivation

Ronnel Bornasal KING, Fraide A. GANOTICE JR.

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Abstract

Gender differences in student achievement and motivation have been documented in previous research, with the results usually favoring girls. However, previous research has only focused on a restricted range of motivational constructs which may not capture the multidimensionality and complexity of motivation. Moreover, most of these studies were conducted among Western, mostly North American students, thus the generalizability of these findings to other populations remains questionable. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the nature and extent of gender differences in student motivation using a broader range of motivational constructs drawn from Personal Investment Theory. Filipino secondary school students (N = 1,674) participated in this study. Results indicated that boys had a more maladaptive profile across most of the dimensions investigated, although the effect sizes were small. Implications and directions for future research are discussed. Copyright © 2013 De La Salle University.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-157
JournalAsia-Pacific Education Researcher
Volume23
Issue number1
Early online date27 Sep 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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King, R. B., & Ganotice, F. A., Jr. (2014). What’s happening to our boys? A personal investment analysis of gender differences in student motivation. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 23(1), 151-157. doi: 10.1007/s40299-013-0127-4

Keywords

  • Gender differences
  • Student motivation
  • Personal investment theory
  • Filipino students
  • Philippines
  • Secondary school