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Other titles in the Cambridge Studies in Social & Emotional Development series:
Social Motivation: Understanding Children's School Adjustment (Cambridge Studies in Social & Emotional Development)by Jaana Juvonen
Synopses & Reviews
How are children's social lives at school related to their motivation to achieve and how do motivational and social processes interact to explain children's adjustment at school? This volume, featuring work by leading researchers in educational and developmental psychology, provides new perspectives on how and why children tend to thrive or fail at school. The individual chapters examine the unique roles of peers and teachers in communicating and reinforcing school-related attitudes, expectations, and definitions of self. Relations of children's school adjustment to school motivation, interpersonal functioning, and social skillfulness are also explored. The developmental and social perspectives on motivation and achievement presented in this volume provide new insights into the complex processes contributing to school success. This book will be vital reading for educators and developmental psychologists interested in the contextual as well as intrapersonal processes that contribute to social and academic competence.
In Social Motivation, top researchers in educational psychology and social development demonstrate how childrenâ€™s school adjustment depends not only on their academic competence but also on their social skills, school related attitudes, expectations and definitions of self.
How are childrenâ€™s social lives at school related to their motivation to achieve and how do motivational and social processes interact to explain childrenâ€™s adjustment at school? Jaana Juvonen and Kathryn Wentzel invited top researchers to address achievement motivation and social functioning as aspects of adjusting to school. In Social Motivation, the investigators systematically examine how peers and teachers communicate and reinforce school-related attitudes, expectations, and definitions of self, and how these processes in turn either facilitate or hinder successful school outcomes.
Social Motivation examines the essential interaction between social functioning and success at school.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; Part I. Social Motivation: Perceptions on Self: 2. Teacher and classmate influences on scholastic motivation self-esteem and level of voice in adolescents Susan Harter; 3. Self-presentation tactics promoting teacher and peer approval: the function of excuses and other clever explanations Jaana Juvonen; 4. Social self-discrepancy: a theory relating peer relationship problems and school maladjustment Janis B. Kupersmidt, Kathy S. Buchele, Mary Ellen Voeller and Constantine Sedikides; 5. Motivational approaches to aggression within the context of peer relationships Cynthia A. Erdley; 6. Motivational opportunities and obstacles associated with social responsibility and caring behavior in school context Martin E. Ford; 7. Modeling and self-efficacy influences on childrenâ€™s development of self-regulation Dave H. Shunk and Barry J. Zimmerman; 8. Commentary: goals and social-cognitive processes Carol S. Dweck; Part II. Social Motivation: Perspectives on Relationships: 9. Interpersonal relationships in the school environment and childrenâ€™s early school adjustment: the role of teachers and peers Sondra H. Birch and Gary W. Ladd; 10. Social goals and social relationships as motivators of school adjustment Kathryn R. Wentzel; 11. Friendsâ€™influence on school adjustment: a motivational analysis Thomas J. Berndt and Keunho Keefe; 12. Peer networks and studentsâ€™classroom engagement during childhood and adolescence Thomas A. Kindermann, Tanya L. McCollam and Ellsworth Gibson Jr.; 13. Academic failure and school dropout: the influence of peers Shelley Hymel, Colin Comfort, Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and Patricia McDougall; 14. Commentary: whatâ€™s â€˜emotionalâ€™about social motivation? Sondra Graham.
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