Academic Identity Formation and Motivation Among Ethnic Minority Adolescents: The Role of the "Self" Between Internal and External Perceptions of Identity

Jamaal S. Matthews, Meeta Banerjee, Fani Lauermann

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Identity is often studied as a motivational construct within research on adolescent development and education. However, differential dimensions of identity, as a set of internal values versus external perceptions of social belonging, may relate to motivation in distinct ways. Utilizing a sample of 600 African American and Latino adolescents (43% female; mean age = 13.9), the present study examines whether self-regulated learning (SRL) mediates two distinct dimensions of academic identity (i.e., value and belonging) and mastery orientation. This study also examines whether self-efficacy moderates the mediating role of SRL between identity and mastery. Results show evidence for moderated mediation between SRL and academic self-efficacy. Self-regulated learning played its strongest mediating role between belonging and mastery and for low-efficacy students specifically. Child Development

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2355-2373
Number of pages19
JournalChild Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2014


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