Understanding Children's School Adjustment
Do middle schools meet the needs of young teens? If not, what needs to be done differently? Young teens undergo multiple changes that seem to set them apart from other students. But do middle schools actually meet their special needs? The authors ...
"What makes this volume outstanding is the research that connects social perspectives with the complex motivational processes contributing to school success or failure." E. Pearson, Choice
"...this volume should serve as a solid empirical foundation on which to begin such an important endeavor." Kenneth W. Merrell, Contemporary Psychology
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 children'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 children'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. Friends' influence on school adjustment: a motivational analysis Thomas J. Berndt and Keunho Keefe; 12. Peer networks and students' 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: what's 'emotional' about social motivation? Sondra Graham.