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INFLUENCE OF ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVATION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY OF SCHOOL STUDENTS
Corresponding Author(s) : V Vineeth Kumar
Humanities & Social Sciences Reviews,
Vol. 8 No. 1 (2020): January
Purpose: The aim of the current research was to understand the role of achievement motivation and psychological adjustment on the academic performance of the school students.
Methodology: A cross-sectional research design was employed for the study. A sample of 283 urban adolescent school students participated in the study. The students were administered measures of achievement motivation and psychological adjustment. The total percentage of marks secured in the tenth standard was used as the measure of academic performance. Pearson’s correlation coefficient and multiple hierarchical regression analysis were performed to analyze the obtained data. SPSS version 21 was used for data analysis.
Main Findings: The results revealed a significant association of achievement motivation and educational adjustment with the academic performance of the students. However, there was no significant association between emotional and social adjustment with academic performance.
Applications: The observations shed light on how cultivating enhanced student engagement and nurturing aspirations both within and outside classrooms may enhance the academic achievement of school students. Thus, the findings can provide greater insight to teachers, psychologists, and educational institutions to better plan the academic environment around the students.
Novelty/Originality: The study gives a contemporary model to enhance the academic performance of students. Contrary to the popular perception, the results of the current study indicate no significant association of emotional and social adjustment with academic performance. However, educational adjustment and achievement motivation are associated with academic performance.
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