Lucia Munoz Larroa

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Doctor of Clinical Psychology)
Study Completed: 2013
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
What do I want to do and how do I get there?: A possible selves approach to motivation in education.

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Education is young people’s right, however the rates of school disengagement in New Zealand continues to be a matter of concern. In order to modify a student’s school disengagement pathway it is crucial to identify students who are at risk of disengagement and intervene. In her first study, Lucia developed a measure to aid the identification of students at risk. Unlike other measures of school engagement, the Goals and Perception of School Scale focuses on students’ view of their future, which proved to be a good predictor of school engagement and school misbehaviour. In her second study, for the first time in New Zealand, Lucia adapted and delivered a “possible selves” intervention designed to identify and enhance students’ visions of the future. She found significant improvements in their academic goals, the strategies enlisted to pursue them, and the study time reported by the Year 10 students who participated.

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