Under the supervision of Professor Erika A. Patall, members of the Motivation and Education Research Group conduct research studies that examine human motivation through a variety of theoretical approaches and applied methods. The following section highlights a few of the current projects.

Research Syntheses:

  • Autonomy support and control in the classroom
  • Black students’ motivation and academic outcomes
  • Black student identity and academic outcomes
  • Self-regulation training programs in college
  • The relationship between underachievement and motivation, self-concept, and self-regulation
  • The relationship between science identity and science achievement and career outcomes
  • Teacher emotional support and student well- and ill-being
  • Autonomy need satisfaction correlates
  • Teacher emotion and student outcomes

Primary Studies:

  • Agentic mindset, engagement and student success and well-being
  • Agentic mindset and engagement interventions
  • Autonomy support interventions
  • Individuality and choosing
  • Autonomy relevant classroom practices and students’ well- and ill-being
  • Culturally responsive autonomy support in the classroom