Students’ academic motivations in three disciplines

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Trent W. Maurer
Deborah Allen
Delena Bell Gatch
Padmini Shankar
Diana Sturges


Students’ intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for taking classes in three disciplines, human anatomy and physiology, physics, and nutrition, were explored with discipline-specific adapted versions of the Academic Motivation Scale. Information on students’ study habits and efforts, and final course grades were also collected. Results revealed the adapted versions of the Academic Motivation Scale had comparable reliabilities to previous investigations, significant differences in motivations across the three disciplines, and significant influences of motivation on academic behaviors and course performance.


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Maurer, T. W., Allen, D., Bell Gatch, D., Shankar, P., & Sturges, D. (2013). Students’ academic motivations in three disciplines. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 13(5), 77–89. Retrieved from
Author Biographies

Trent W. Maurer, Georgia Southern University

School of Human Ecology, Associate Professor

Deborah Allen, Georgia Southern University

School of Nursing, Associate Professor

Delena Bell Gatch, Georgia Southern University

Department of Physics, Associate Professor

Padmini Shankar, Georgia Southern University

Department of Health & Kinesiology, Associate Professor

Diana Sturges, Georgia Southern University

Department of Health & Kinesiology, Associate Professor


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