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Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)

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FERRAZ, Adriana Satico; SANTOS, Acácia Aparecida Angeli dos; AMBIEL, Rodolfo A. M.  and  DALBOSCO, Simone Nenê Portela. Reasons for droppingout and learning motivation in higher education. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2021, vol.26, n.3, pp.229-241. ISSN 1413-294X.

This study aimed to research the motives for academic dropout and learning motivation (achievement goals and intrapersonal causal attributions) of 335 students from a private Brazilian university. The correlations between these constructs, including the age variable, were small and medium magnitude. Motivation to learn, first-course option, and intention to drop out accounted for 46% of the explained variance of the motives for dropout in the social dimension and 38% in the financial and academic dimensions. We identified statistically significant differences in the three constructs regarding the students' gender, the intention to drop out, and course. The results indicate that the reasons for academic dropout vary according to the interaction between motivational, personal and contextual characteristics. This study supports the continuity of research on the subject and actions to prevent academic dropout, especially in private institutions.

Keywords : academic dropout; achievement goals; intrapersonal causal attributions.

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