The Relationship between Perception of School Climate and Achievement Motivation among Korean Students in Grades 6 to 12 at a Selected International School in Bangkok, Thailand

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  • JungSoon Han
  • Richard Lynch

Keywords:

Achievement Motivation, Korean Student, School Climate, Studying Overseas, Thailand

Abstract

This study was conducted mainly to determine whether there was a significant relationship between Korean students’ perception of school climate and their achievement motivation level. The perception of school climate was investigated by a researcher-created questionnaire and achievement motivation was examined by a questionnaire developed by Turner (1996). The school climate questionnaire measured four dimensions: safety, teaching and learning, interpersonal relationship and institutional environment. The achievement motivation questionnaire measured need for achievement based on McClelland's (1987) theory of motivation. Eighty-three Korean students studying in grades 6 to 12 at an international school in Bangkok in the academic year 2013 participated in the study. The findings indicated that the students perceived average school climate at a relatively high level. Also, the students had a relatively high level of achievement motivation. A significant relationship was found between the Korean students’ perception of school climate and their achievement motivation level.

Author Biographies

JungSoon Han

M.Ed. Candidate, Master of Education in Educational Administration, Assumption University, Thailand

Richard Lynch

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Assumption University, Thailand

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