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University students' need satisfaction trajectories: A growth mixture analysis
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, Université François-Rabelais de Tours, France ; , Concordia University, Canada ; , , , , , Université François-Rabelais de Tours, France

Learning and Instruction Volume 60, Number 1, ISSN 0959-4752 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

This study examines trajectory profiles of University students over the course of a University semester defined based on global levels of psychological need satisfaction, as proposed by self-determination theory (SDT). This study also documents the implications of these trajectories for a variety of educational outcomes. A sample of 461 first-year undergraduates completed all measures three times over the course of a University semester. Longitudinal growth mixture analyses (GMA) revealed three distinct need satisfaction trajectories (Low-Decreasing, Moderate-Decreasing, and Moderate-Increasing). The Moderate-Increasing profile was associated with the highest levels of positive affect and effort. In contrast, the Low-Decreasing profile was associated with lower levels of positive affect, effort, and achievement, and higher levels of negative affect than the Moderate-Increasing profile.

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Gillet, N., Morin, A.J.S., Huyghebaert, T., Burger, L., Maillot, A., Poulin, A. & Tricard, E. (2019). University students' need satisfaction trajectories: A growth mixture analysis. Learning and Instruction, 60(1), 275-285. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved October 16, 2019 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2017.11.003

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