As I grow to understand empirical studies more and more I’ve been simultaneously encouraged to try and write some abstracts that reflect what my own study might actually look like. This represents the first attempt. Feel free to comment, critique or show me where I would have holes and difficulties.
Connecting to learning: an examination of the effects of emotional engagement and autonomy on motivation and achievement.
This study attempts to examine the relationships between emotional engagement, intrinsically motivated goal orientations, autonomy and academic achievement. This two month study uses a sample of 75 10th grade students at an independent school in the Western United States. Students levels of engagement, motivation orientations and levels of autonomy were measured using reliable questionnaires from prominent researchers in their respective fields. Multi item path analysis was used to determine correlation coefficients between variables. Regression analysis were conducted to see whether changes in variable could be predicted by one another. Results showed that high levels of emotional engagement and autonomy positively predicted levels of intrinsic motivation which in turn was a positive predictor of academic achievement.