Examining how parent and teacher enthusiasm influences motivation and achievement in STEM

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Parents and teachers play an important role in stimulating student motivation. The aim of this study was to examine if both parent and teacher enthusiasm could predict intrinsic motivation toward STEM activities, and if motivation would be associated with improved STEM achievement over one year in a one-year prospective examination of 288 Swedish students in their final year of a Science High School program (143 females and 145 males). Surveys of parent and teacher enthusiasm were collected at baseline, and student intrinsic motivation and GPA in STEM were assessed at baseline and at the end of the year. Baseline GPA and intrinsic motivation as well as follow-up intrinsic motivation were significantly associated with later GPA. Finally, intrinsic motivation mediated the relation between teacher and parent enthusiasm and change in GPA. Findings show the importance of parent and teacher enthusiasm for adolescent’s intrinsic motivation and achievement in STEM.


External organisations
  • McGill University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychology


  • Achievement, intrinsic motivation, parent enthusiasm, STEM, teacher enthusiasm
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-282
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Educational Research
Issue number4
Early online date2020 Jan 1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch