Social Motivation: Understanding Children's School Adjustment

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How are children's social lives at school related to their motivation to achieve and how do motivational and social processes interact to explain children's adjustment at school? This volume, featuring work by leading researchers in educational and developmental psychology, provides new perspectives on how and why children tend to thrive or fail at school. The individual chapters examine the unique roles of peers and teachers in communicating and reinforcing school-related attitudes, expectations, and definitions of self. Relations of children's school adjustment to school motivation, interpersonal functioning, and social skillfulness are also explored. The developmental and social perspectives on motivation and achievement presented in this volume provide new insights into the complex processes contributing to school success. This book will be vital reading for educators and developmental psychologists interested in the contextual as well as intrapersonal processes that contribute to social and academic competence.
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"What makes this volume outstanding is the research that connects social perspectives with the complex motivational processes contributing to school success or failure." E. Pearson, Choice

"...this volume should serve as a solid empirical foundation on which to begin such an important endeavor." Kenneth W. Merrell, Contemporary Psychology

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: New perspectives on motivation at school 1
2 Teacher and classmate influences on scholastic motivation, self-esteem, and level of voice in adolescents 11
3 Self-presentation tactics promoting teacher and peer approval: The function of excuses and other clever explanations 43
4 Social self-discrepancy: A theory relating peer relations problems and school maladjustment 66
5 Motivational approaches to aggression within the context of peer relationships 98
6 Motivational opportunities and obstacles associated with social responsibility and caring behavior in school contexts 126
7 Modeling and self-efficacy influences on children's development of self-regulation 154
8 Social motivation: Goals and social-cognitive processes. A comment 181
9 Interpersonal relationships in the school environment and children's early school adjustment: The role of teachers and peers 199
10 Social goals and social relationships as motivators of school adjustment 226
11 Friends' influence on school adjustment: A motivational analysis 248
12 Peer networks and students' classroom engagement during childhood and adolescence 279
13 Academic failure and school dropout: The influence of peers 313
14 What's "emotional" about social motivation? A comment 346
Author index 361
Subject index 371
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