Relationships Among Race, Racial Microaggressions, Academic Motivation, and Academic Self-efficacy
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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among race, racial microaggressions, academic motivation, and academic self-efficacy. Previous research has investigated the relationship between racism-related stress and academic motivation (Reynolds, Sneva, & Beehler, 2010). One form of racism-related stress is racial microaggressions. There are indications that racial microaggressions occur in the classroom, thus impacting the academic experiences of students (Suárez-Orozoco et al., 2015). This study surveyed (N = 107) post-secondary students using the Racial Microaggressions Scale, Academic Motivation Scale, and the College Academic Self-Efficacy Scale. The study tested the hypotheses that: students of color who reported lower frequencies of racial microaggressions will have high extrinsic academic motivation; students of color who report the highest frequency of racial microaggressions will be amotivated; students of color of differing racial backgrounds (African-American, Asian-American, etc.) will experience racial microaggressions at different levels of frequency; White students who reported lower frequencies of racial microaggressions will have high extrinsic academic motivation; White students of all types of academic motivation (intrinsically motivated, extrinsically motivated or amotivated) will experience similar frequency of racial microaggressions; students of color reporting the highest frequency of racial microaggressions will have the lowest college academic self efficacy; and White students’ frequency of racial microaggressions will have no impact on college academic self-efficacy. The findings of this study supported that dimensions of racial microaggressions do influence the academic lives of students through the relationship to academic motivation and college academic self-efficacy. Overall, the results supported the notion that the racial microaggression dimensions of invisibility and environment are predictors of college academic self-efficacy.
Education | Educational Psychology
Smith, Michelle Lee Williams, "Relationships Among Race, Racial Microaggressions, Academic Motivation, and Academic Self-efficacy" (2017). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 831.