An Exploration of the Relationships Among Relatedness, Identity Threat, and Academic Achievement in Minority Students in Higher Education
AdvisorSummers, Jessica J.
Committee ChairSummers, Jessica J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to identify significant relationships betweenidentity threat, relatedness or sense of belongingness, and academic achievement in asample of minority college students who were enrolled in an underrepresented academicfield in higher education. Our sample included 56 Hispanic students enrolled in an Organic Chemistry class at a Southwest University. Findings show that Ethnic Sense ofBelongingness positively predicted Classroom Sense of Belongingness, which in turnpredicted Effort. This relationship was also impacted by students' perceptions of Self-Efficacy to Achieve, Teacher Trust and Academic Support, and Intrinsic Motivation andKnow and Accomplish. Overall, findings highlight the influence of ethnic sense ofbelongingness at school, in achievement and motivational processes in the classroom.
Degree ProgramGraduate College