University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
                Research Center for Group Dynamics

 

Jacquelynne Eccles

Professor Emeritus, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR;
Wilbert McKeachie and Paul Pintrich Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Education;
Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, Department of Psychology, LSA;
Professor of Educaction, School of Education; Research Professor, IRWG

Jacquelynne Eccles

5118 ISR
426 Thompson Street
Phone: 734-763-3552

Research interests focus on the longitudinal study of the development and socialization of the following types of psychological influences on motivation, activity choice and involvement: self-perceptions of competence, task values and interests, life goals, self-schema, motivational orientation, and mental health. Eccles is particularly interested in the role schools, families, neighborhoods, and ethnicity play in ontogeny of these belief and motivational systems. Recent work includes: (1) an investigation of the declines in adolescents' motivation, self-concept, and mental health associated with the junior and senior high school transitions; (2) an investigation of the development of self-schema and motivational beliefs during middle childhood years in the context of family and school environments; and (3) an investigation of the impact of family, social class, school, neighborhood, and ethnicity on the development of motivation, selfschemas, mental health, and engagement in both positive and risky activities among a large sample of Black and white adolescents.