Academic Help Seeking

Academic Help Seeking

One of my interests is academic help seeking. Research has shown that seeking academic help when needed is an important adaptive learning strategy. Students who need help the most, however, may be less likely to seek it. Recent models suggest that help seeking is a process that involves a series of steps, including determining that a problem exists, that help is needed, deciding to seek help, establishing the goal of seeking help, deciding whom to ask for help, soliciting that help, and obtaining and using the help received. Who do individuals go to when they need academic help? How do they decide whom to ask for help? What is the role of academic and social motivation in the likelihood of seeking help? Together with Stuart Karabenick, we have explored these questions among secondary students, undergraduate university students, and secondary teachers. We’ve conducted a range of studies that build upon his legacy of research on academic help seeking. We have a book chapter on the role of technology in help seeking in Karabenick and Puustinen’s (2013) edited volume on the role of emerging technologies in help-seeking research and application. We have also co-authored an article in Learning & Instruction with Eleftheria Gonida examining developmental differences in how parent goals impact Greek students’ academic help seeking. Finally, we’ve partnered on several conference symposium related to help seeking with Minna Puustinen, Sabine Zorn, Nathalie Huet, Julie Mulet, Ruth Butler, and Eleftheria Gonida. Articles:  Gonida, E., Karabenick, S. A., Makara, K. A., & Hatzikyriakou, G. (2014). Perceived parent goals and student goal orientations as predictors of seeking or not seeking help: Does age matter? Learning and Instruction, 33, 120-130. doi: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2014.04.007 Book...
Adolescent Transitions Lab

Adolescent Transitions Lab

With this research group, led by Allison Ryan, I have been assisting on studies related to understanding students’ transition from elementary to middle school, specifically how that transition impacts students’ relational self-worth, engagement, and peer relations. Articles:  Ryan, A. M., Shim, S. S., & Makara, K. A. (2013). Changes in academic adjustment and relational self-worth across the transition to middle school.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 1372-1384. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-9984-7 Recent Conference Presentations: Ryan, A. M., Jamison, R., Makara, K. A., Suárez, G., & Varela, J. (March, 2014). Differences in the classroom context between elementary and middle school classrooms and associations with student engagement. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Adolescence, Austin, TX. Ryan, A. M., Makara, K. A., & Thompson, G. (April, 2013). Changes in academic adjustment and peer and teacher relationships during early adolescence. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Child Development, Seattle,...
USE Lab, Digital Media Commons

USE Lab, Digital Media Commons

In the USE lab, led by Stephanie Teasley, I analyzed student and instructor perceptions of how use of learning management systems impact students’ self-regulated learning. My postdoc research project was also associated with this...
High School Social Networks and Motivation

High School Social Networks and Motivation

In the Motivation Research Lab, led by Stuart A. Karabenick, I focused on adolescent students’ achievement motivation. My dissertation examined how high school students’ peer social networks at school influence and are influenced by their academic and social motivation. I’m continuing to analyze this data, with a focus on students’  motivations and academic help...
Curricular and Extra-Curricular Social Networks

Curricular and Extra-Curricular Social Networks

In 2013-2014 I collaborated with Barry Fishman, Stephanie Teasley, and Stuart Karabenick on my postdoctoral research project funded through the University of Michigan MCubed interdisciplinary initiative. The project is titled “An examination of curricular and extra-curricular social networks and their relationship to student engagement and...