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Kathryn Wentzel (HDQM)
Kathryn Wentzel
Contact Information:
Room: 3304 Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-2810
E-mail: wentzel@umd.edu

Kathryn Wentzel (Ph.D., Stanford University)
Professor; Developmental Science Specialization & Educational Psychology Specialization
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)

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Research Interests | Bio | Publications | Curriculum Vitae |

Research Interests

Social and academic motivation at school; peer relationships and school adjustment; teacher-student relationships; goal setting and self-regulation; prosocial behavior.

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Professional Biography

Kathryn Wentzel is a Professor of Human Development in the Department of Human Development, Learning, and Quantitative Methodology. She received her Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford University in 1987, after which she held post-doctoral positions at the Center for the Study of Families, Children, and Youth at Stanford and in the developmental psychology program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Dr. Wentzel’s research examines the social correlates and antecedents of adolescent motivation and achievement.  This work includes a focus on the nature of teacher-student relationships and teacher supports as predictors of young adolescents’ goal pursuit, prosocial behavior, and academic performance. A related strand of her work has examined peer relationship configurations (peer status, peer networks, and friendships) and supports (e.g., emotional support from peers) as predictors of these same outcomes.  Her research is school-based, relies on a variety of research methods, and focuses on adolescent students from diverse backgrounds.  Dr. Wentzel has published over 100 articles and book chapters based on this work andhas co-edited books on achievement motivation, Social motivation:  Understanding children's school adjustment (1996), and  Handbook of motivation at school (2009; 2015), and social influences on school outcomes, Handbook of Social Influences in School Contexts: Social-Emotional, Motivation, and Cognitive Outcomes.  She is currently editor of Educational Psychologist and past editor of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.  Dr. Wentzel is past Vice-President of Division E (Counseling and Human Development, AERA), past Interim Chair of HDQM, and has Fellow status in the American Psychological Association, Division 15, and American Educational Research Association, Division E. 

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Selected Publications

Wentzel, K. R., & Miele, D. (in press).  Handbook of motivation at school, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Taylor Francis.

Wentzel, K. R., & Ramani, G. (in press).  Social Influences on Social-Emotional, Motivation, and Cognitive Outcomes in School Contexts. New York, NY: Taylor Francis.

Wentzel, K. R. (2015).  Competence Within Context:  Implications for the Development of Positive Student Identities and Motivation at School. In F. Guay., D.M. McInerney, R. Craven, & H. Marsh (Eds.), Self-concept, motivation and identity:  Underpinning success with research and practice.  International advances in self research, (Vol. 5, pp. 299-336). Information Age.

Wentzel, K. R., Russell, S., & Baker, S. A. (2015).  Emotional Support and Expectations for Behavior From Peers, Teachers, and Parents:  Predictors of Adolescent Competence at School. Journal of Educational Psychology.

Wentzel, K. R. (2014).  Prosocial behavior towards peers and friends.  In L. Walker-Padillo & G. Carlo (Eds.), The Complexities of Raising Prosocial Children: An Examination of the Multidimensionality of Prosocial Behavior (pp. 178-200)New York, NY:Oxford Press.

Wentzel, K. R. (2014).  Socialization in school settings.  In J. Grusec & P. Hastings (Eds.), Handbook of Social Development, 2nd edition.  New York, NY: Guilford.

Wentzel, K. R., Baker, S. A., & Russell, S. L. (2012). Young adolescents' perceptions of teachers' and peers' goals as predictors of social and academic goal pursuit. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 61(4), 605-633.

Wentzel, K. R. (2012). School adjustment. In W. Reynolds & G. Miller (Eds.), Handbook of psychology, Vol. 7: Educational Psychology. New York: Wiley.

Wentzel, K. R. (2011) Developing and Nurturing Interesting and Researchable Ideas. In C. Conrad & R. Serlin (Eds.), SAGE Handbook for research in education: Pursuing Ideas as the Keystone of Exemplary Inquiry (pp. 111-126). 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Wentzel, K.R., Russell, S., Garza, E., & Merchant, B. (2011). Understanding the Role of Social Supports in Latina/o Adolescents' School Engagement and Achievement. In N. Cabrera, F. Villarruel, & H. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Volume of Latina/o adolescent psychology and mental health: Vol. 2: Adolescent development. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Wentzel, K. R., & Watkins, D. E. (2011). Peer relationships and learning: Implications for instruction. In R. Mayer and P. Alexander (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Learning and Instruction (pp. 322-343). New York, NY: Routledge.

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Professional Activities

Editor, Educational Psychologist

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

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