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Student Academic Motivations in a Graduate Nursing Program
SoTL Commons Conference
  • Deborah Allen, Georgia Southern University
  • Diana Sturges, Georgia Southern University
  • Trent Maurer, Georgia Southern University
  • Delena Bell Gatch, Georgia Southern University
  • Padmini Shankar, Georgia Southern University
Proposal Abstract
Results of semester one of a longitudinal six-semester study investigating student intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for taking classes in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner Program will be discussed. The study evaluates student academic motivation as they progress in the program to better understand motivations influencing academic behaviors and course performance, and whether these change in subsequent semesters. Previous studies indicate motivation is linked to student success; however, few followed students through their entire program. Session objectives are to synthesize similar studies on the topic, present results of the current study, and discuss the implications for faculty teaching in the program. Attendees can expect to learn about self-determination theory, ways to operationalize the Academic Motivation Scale in graduate education, and the relationship between graduate student motivation and academic behaviors and performance. The feasibility and implications of extending this model to other disciplines will also be discussed.
Room 1220
Symposium Year
Publication Type and Release Option
Presentation (Open Access)
Citation Information
Deborah Allen, Diana Sturges, Trent Maurer, Delena Bell Gatch, and Padmini Shankar, "Student Academic Motivations in a Graduate Nursing Program" (March 29, 2013). SoTL Commons Conference. Paper 56.