Зачем сегодня идут в аспирантуру: типологизация мотивов российских аспирантов
Data obtained in interviews with doctoral students and their academic supervisors as well as in doctoral student surveys conducted across six Russian universities is used to explore the motives for embarking on and pursuing a PhD, and evaluate their incidence. Drawing from Deci and Ryan’s self-determination theory, three basic types of motivation are identified — intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, and amotivation — and described in the context of doctoral education. Even though academic labor has been losing its prestige in Russia, intrinsic motivation associated with interest for research, science and education remains the most popular motive for embarking on doctoral study. At the same time, a significant percentage of doctoral students are driven by external non-academic motives, such as specific social benefits or desire to use PhD as an asset in a non-academic career.
Is self-esteem motivation a problem? Although Crocker and Park (2004) suggest that it often is, little research has directly evaluated self-esteem as a motive; instead, self-esteem has been studied primarily as a trait. Self-esteem motivation defined as a desire to prove oneself that he is able to perform the task, so he could respect himself we consider as a type of extrinsic motivation based on competence need (Deci & Ryan, 2002). Participants were 504 10th grade students. Students’ reasons for studying were assessed with a modified version of the AMS (Vallerand et al., 1992) with additional self-esteem motivation subscale. The subscales show adequate internal consistency (Cronbach’s alphas ranged from .71 to .90) and the results of CFA performed through SEM support the structural validity of the questionnaire. The results demonstrate that self-esteem motivation lies in between identified motivation and introjected motivation. We show that self-esteem motivation is a reliable predictor of time for homework and academic persistence (grit), which in its turn predicts GPA (χ2=70.49; df=39; p<0.01; RMSEA=0.054; CFI=0.933). In sum, self-esteem motivation is quite common type of academic motivation that has some obvious benefits comparing to external and introjected motivation, although it is not as desirable as intrinsic motivation.
Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences
The process of goal setting and attainment, as well as the role of their content, in the framework of psychological well-being is considered. We review of a number of Western empirical studies aimed at understanding this relationship, especially in the framework of self-determination theory (SDT). The concepts of internal and external goals are introduced. The role of universal basic needs in the process of goal-setting is highlighted. Goal contents theory is presented. The concept of goal self-concordance (K. Sheldon) is introduced as a predictive factor of both goal attainment and subjective well-being.
Students' internet usage attracts the attention of many researchers in different countries. Differences in internet penetration in diverse countries lead us to ask about the interaction of medium and culture in this process. In this paper we present an analysis based on a sample of 825 students from 18 Russian universities and discuss findings on particularities of students' ICT usage. On the background of the findings of the study, based on data collected in 2008-2009 year during a project "A сross-cultural study of the new learning culture formation in Germany and Russia", we discuss the problem of plagiarism in Russia, the availability of ICT features in Russian universities and an evaluation of the attractiveness of different categories of ICT usage and gender specifics in the use of ICT.
The results of cross-cultural research of implicit theories of innovativeness among students and teachers, representatives of three ethnocultural groups: Russians, the people of the North Caucasus (Chechens and Ingushs) and Tuvinians (N=804) are presented. Intergroup differences in implicit theories of innovativeness are revealed: the ‘individual’ theories of innovativeness prevail among Russians and among the students, the ‘social’ theories of innovativeness are more expressed among respondents from the North Caucasus, Tuva and among the teachers. Using the structural equations modeling the universal model of values impact on implicit theories of innovativeness and attitudes towards innovations is constructed. Values of the Openness to changes and individual theories of innovativeness promote the positive relation to innovations. Results of research have shown that implicit theories of innovativeness differ in different cultures, and values make different impact on the attitudes towards innovations and innovative experience in different cultures.