Author(s)

Kathleen Grillo

Date Approved

6-21-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

Motivation in education;College athletes

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which academic and athletic motivation can predict the academic performance of student-athletes at a Division III university. An additional purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between academic and athletic motivation in Division III student-athletes, as well as the motivational patterns across academic motivation, student athletic motivation, and career athletic motivation. Student-athletes at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ were surveyed in order to obtain this data during the 2010-2011 academic year. Data were collected by means of a survey using 30 Likert-style items using a 6-point rating scale. Overall, participants indicated a proportionate balance of levels of motivation across the three motivation subscales. The data analysis also suggest that the correlation between academic and student athletic motivation and academic performance as measured by college GPA is statistically low. Additionally, there was a great deal of statistical significance in regards to academic and student athletic motivation. Overall, student-athletes are transferring their confidence and effort in the athletic domain to the academic domain.

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