Various researchers have established essential connections among school context and relationships with academic motivation and achievements. Motivational researchers have proven that the belief in individual achievements is driven by cultural assumptions and expectations. The role of school culture and the larger cultural milieu in students' motivational processes may be considered in understanding the extent to which student motivation accounts for such achievement. This chapter provides a general framework on the topics that will be discussed in the chapters that will follow. Though each chapter attends to a specific matter significant to academic motivation, all chapters aim to create a more comprehensive perception on the multiple dimensions of school culture in the United States through examination of the school's culture and how it influences the findings presented on each chapter.
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