Jacquelynne Eccles

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Wilbert McKeachie and Paul Pintrich Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Education; Professor Emerita of Women's Studies; Research Professor Emerita, RCGD

  • About

    Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Willburt McKeachie and Paul Pintrich Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology, Education, and Women's Studies, studied the role schools, families, neighborhoods, gender and ethnicity play in the ontogeny of self-perceptions of competence, task values and interests, life goals, personal and collective identities, as well as the influence of these beliefs on the life-defining choices individuals make. She took particular interest in the ways in which gender roles and gendered social experiences lead females and males to make different choices for their lives, as well as how these processes vary across different cultural groups. Her work focuses on: (1) the decline in adolescents' motivation, self-concept, and mental health associated with secondary school transitions; and (2) the impact of family, social class, school, neighborhood, gender and ethnicity on the development of motivation, personal and collective identities, mental health, and behavior of a large sample of African American and European American adolescents.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles