The relationship between intrinsic motivation and academic achievement for first generation Latino college students

Trevino & DeFrietas, 2014 / Social Psychology of Education / June 2014

two latino students studying

Hispanic students are increasinly pursuing higher education and often represent their family as the first member to attend college. Past research studied the influence of intrinsic motivation on academic achievement in various ethnically diverse K-12 populations. Although many studies using college student samples have also shown the positive role of intrinsic motivation with achievement outcomes, few studies focus on Latino samples. We expect intrinsic motivation may play an important role in the academic achievement of Latino students, particularly first-generation college students. The current review examines self determination theory, including intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and connections to academic achievement. Implications for future research will be discussed