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Abstract

This study examined college students' perceptions of motivation to engage in extracurricular activities on campus and perceptions of engagement in those organizations. Participants included 120 students between the ages of 18 and 28 who were randomly assigned to read one of four scenarios describing a college student "character". The scenario character was described as having high or low motivation to participate in extracurricular activities, and as belonging to an on-campus club with 6 or 36 members. Participants evaluated the scenario characters on measures of academic motivation, club responsibility roles and the likelihood to participate in club activities. Participants completed self-report measures regarding academic motivation, desirability for control, and demographic information including their club affiliation status and their roles in those clubs. We found that participants who reported high academic motivation perceived the highly motivated character to be involved in clubs-on campus as a leader. This study also revealed that motivation and club size did not affect participant reports or the scenario character's academic motivations.

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