The Meanings of Learning, Achievement, and Motivation: A Study of Achievement Beliefs and Behaviors in Three Cultural Contexts (the US, UK, and Russia)

Project PIs

PI: Janine Bempechat, Boston University, Co-PI: Jin Li, Brown University, and Co-PI: Susan Holloway, University of California, Berkeley


Kim, S.-J., Holloway, S., & Bempechat, J., & Li, J. (2018). Explaining adolescents’ affect: A time-use study of opportunities for support and autonomy across interpersonal contexts. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(8), 2384–2393 

Bempechat, J., Jimenez-Silva, M., Li, J., & Holloway, S. D. (2018). “Classes where kids learn/don’t learn a lot:” A study of Mexican American adolescents’ voices. In S. Jones & E. Sheffield (pp. 55-76). Why kids love (and hate) school: Reflections on difference. Gorham, ME: Meyers Education Press.

Bempechat, J., Li, J., & Ronfard, S. (2016). Relations between cultural learning beliefs, self-regulated learning, and academic achievement for low-income Chinese-American adolescents. Child Development, 89(3), 851-861. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12702

Holloway, S. D., Park, S., Jonas, M., Bempechat, J., & Li, J. (2014). My mom tells me I should follow the rules, that’s why they have those rules:” Perceptions of parental advice giving among Mexican-heritage adolescents. Journal of Latinos and Education, 13, 262–277. doi: 10.1080/15348431.2014.887468

Bempechat, J., Ronfard, S., Mirny, A., Li, J., & Holloway, S. D. (2013). “She always gives grades lower than one deserves:” A qualitative study of Russian adolescents’ perceptions of fairness in the classroom. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 7, 169-187.

Park, S., Holloway, S. D., Arendtsz, A., Bempechat, B., & Li, J. (2012). What makes students engaged in learning? A time-use study of within- and across-individual predictors of emotional engagement. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41(3), 390-401. doi:10.1007/S10964-011-9738-3

Bempechat, J., Li, J., Neier, S., Gillis, C., & Holloway, S. D. (2011). The homework experience: Perceptions of low income youth. Journal of Advanced Academics, 22(2), 250–278. doi:10.1177/1932202X1102200204

Bempechat, J., Mirny, A., Li, J., Wenk, K.A., & Holloway, S. D. (2011). Learning together: The educational experiences of adolescents in Moscow. In McInerney, D.M., Walker, R.A., Arief, G., & Liem, D. (Eds.), Sociocultural theories of learning and motivation: Looking back, looking forward (pp. 283-307). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Press.

Li, J., Holloway, S. D., Bempechat, J., & Loh, E. (2008). Building and using a social network: Nurture for low-income Chinese American adolescents’ learning. In H. Yoshikawa & N. Way (Eds.), Beyond families and schools: How broader social contexts shape the adjustment of children and youth in immigrant families (pp. 7-25). New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development Series. R. W. Larson & L. A. Jensen (Series Eds.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. doi:10.1002/cd.220

Holloway, S. D., Mirny, A. I., Bempechat, J., & Li, J. (2008). Schooling, peer relations, and family life of Russian adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 23(4), 488-507. doi: 10.1177/0743558407311938

Bae, S., Holloway, S. D., Bempechat, J., & Li, J. (2008). Mexican-American students’ perceptions of teachers’ expectations: Do perceptions differ depending on student achievement levels? The Urban Review, 40, 210-225. doi:10.1007/S11256-007-0070-X