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Academic Motivation and the Culture of School in Childhood and
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Cynthia Hudley and Adele E. Gottfried

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326819.001.0001

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Competence Motivation in Head Start

Competence Motivation in Head Start

An Early Childhood Link to Learning

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Academic Motivation and the Culture of School in Childhood and Adolescence

Heather L. Rouse

John W. Fantuzzo

Oxford University Press

Gaps for minority and low-income students' achievements have shown minute changes over the past two decades which have resulted in mandated improvements for public education. A major federal legislation is the No Child Left Behind policy. However, early childhood educators and researchers disapproved of NCLB legislation due to its restricted emphasis on reading achievement. Developmental science argues that school readiness is a multidimensional concept that includes diverse cognitive, social, and physical skills sets related to academic success. A developmental-ecological model provides a useful theoretical framework in which to examine early childhood research. This chapter illustrates research taken from a brief longitudinal study of the relationships between competence motivation, socioemotional adjustment, and early literacy and mathematics abilities at kindergarten and first grade levels.

Keywords:   public education, NCLB legislation, developmental science, multidimensional concept, competence motivation, socioemotional adjustment, early literacy

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