Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
LOCATELLI, Adriana Cristine Dias; BZUNECK, José Aloyseo and GUIMARAES, Sueli Édi Rufini. The motivation of adolescents in relation to the perspectives of the future. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.2, pp. 268-276. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722007000200013.
The aim of the present study was to verify if adolescents (N=206) perceive their current academic tasks as means to accomplish their professional goals in the future. Data were collected through a Likert scale questionnaire. Initially, two groups were identified, those with a defined future professional goal and those that have not yet decided. Both groups were compared regarding motivation, study strategies (time management) and perception of present schooling as instrumental to attaining their future goals. Results showed some significant differences between groups. Among those with a defined future goal, their perspectives on the future were more associated to motivation, the use of strategies and perception of instrumentality. Regression analysis showed some important predictive values. Results were discussed in the light of modern motivational theories, with implications leading to the work of teachers in relation to the motivation of adolescents.
Keywords : motivation of adolescents; perspectives of the future; vocational decisions in adolescence.