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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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Essential Solidarities for Understanding Latino Adolescents' Moral and Academic Engagement

Essential Solidarities for Understanding Latino Adolescents' Moral and Academic Engagement

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(p.73) 4 Essential Solidarities for Understanding Latino Adolescents' Moral and Academic Engagement
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Academic Motivation and the Culture of School in Childhood and Adolescence
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Theresa A. Thorkildsen

Courtney J. Golant

Elizabeth Cambray-Engstrom

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326819.003.0004

This chapter observes the structure of one large urban school and the community in which it is located with the aim to have a better understanding on the influence of perceived school culture on Latino adolescents' motivation. Moral engagement, a term used in this chapter, uses an interdisciplinary concept of culture to ground a discussion of a unique form of school engagement. The chapter examines the significance of moral engagement in the context of the school by examining adolescent views about what constitutes an ideal school, aspirations, and academic activities. Through comparisons between various sociocultural contexts of school, students' cultural belief systems, and students' individual systems of meaning, the chapter is able to define the connection between school culture and student motivation as well as draw conclusions on ways the school culture can be adjusted to improve Latino students' motivation.

Keywords:   school culture, Latino adolescents, moral engagement, academic activities, student motivation

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