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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Prof Joe Elliott

J.G. Elliott & J. Bempechat (2002). The Culture and Contexts of Achievement Motivation. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development (96): 7-26.
  • Publication type: Journal Article

Author(s) from Durham


Argues that the psychosocial bases of achievement motivation, when integrated with principles of cultural anthropology and cultural psychology, will move both theory and research forward. Maintains that researchers should contextualize research questions, develop authentic means of inquiry, and acknowledge within-group differences. Presents examples from research on Asian and American students' academic achievement and achievement motivation. (Author/KB)