Janine Bempechat

Clinical Professor

Dr. Janine Bempechat is a developmental psychologist with a deep interest in the socialization of achievement. She studies family, cultural, and school influences in the development of achievement motivation and academic achievement in low income children and youth, both nationally and cross-nationally.

Currently, she is examining ninth graders’ perceptions of their educational experiences cross-ethnically and cross culturally. A former National Academic of Education Spencer Fellow, her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation.

She is the author of Against the Odds: How At Risk Students Exceed Expectations (Jossey-Bass, 1998), and Getting our Kids Back on Track: Educating Children for the Future (Jossey-Bass, 2000), which was translated into Chinese in 2006. She co-edited Learning in Culture and Context: Approaching the Complexities of Achievement Motivation in Student Learning (New Directions in Child Development, 2002), and is co-editor, with David J. Shernoff, of the forthcoming NSSE Yearbook, Engaging Youth in Schools: Evidence-Based Models to Guide Future Innovations (2013, Teachers College Press).

B.A. 1978, McGill University
Ed.M., 1979, Harvard University
Ed.D. 1986, Harvard University

Dr. Bempechat’s research is focused on cultural models of learning and their influence on the development of adolescents’ learning beliefs. Currently, she is examining ninth graders’ perceptions of their educational experiences cross-ethnically and cross-nationally. In addition, Dr. Bempechat is examining ways in which the contemporary debate about homework is influencing teacher preparation, parent and student beliefs, and district and school policies. A former National Academy of Education Spencer Fellow, Dr. Bempechat’s research has been supported by the Spencer Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation.

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Bempechat, J., Ronfard, S., and Li, J. Relations among cultural learning beliefs, self-regulated learning, and academic achievement for low-income Chinese American adolescents. Child Development, In press. doi:10.1111/cdev.12702

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 (Eds.). Why kids love (and hate) school. Gorham, ME: Myers Education Press.

Collins, K. & Bempechat, J. (2017).No more mindless homework. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Bempechat, J. & Shernoff, D.J. (In press). Parental influences in achievement motivation and school engagement, In S.L Christenson, A.L.Reschly, & C.Wylie (Eds.), The Handbook of Research on Student Engagement. New York, NY: Springer Science.

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.). Research on sociocultural influences on motivation and learning Volume X, Sociocultural theories of learning and motivation: Looking back, looking forward. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Press.

Bempechat, J., Li, J., Neier, S., Gillis, C.A., & Holloway, S.D. (2011). The homework experience: Perceptions of low income youth. Journal of Advanced Academics, 22(2), 252-280.

Kenny, M., Walsh-Blair, L. Y., Blustein, D. L., Bempechat, J., & Seltzer, J. (2010). Achievement motivation among urban adolescents: Work hope, autonomy support, and achievement-related beliefs. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 77, 205-212.

Bempechat, J. Jimenez-Silva, M., Miranda, B., Baca, E., Rodgers, B, & Santa-Ramirez, S. (2018). Preparing teachers to engage with families around homework. Paper presented at the 19th International Network on School, Family, and Community Partnerships (INET), New York, April.

Bempechat, J., Cheung, A., & Li, J. (2017). A Foucauldian discourse analysis of educational messaging in four Chinese American families. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development, October, Providence, RI.

Bempechat, J., Jimenez-Silva, M., Li, J., & Holloway, S.D. (2017). "Classes where “Kids learn/don’t learn a lot:” A study of Mexican American adolescents’ voices. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April, San Antonio, TX, 2017.

Bempechat, J., Seltzer, J.M., Kenny, M.E., & Blustein, D.L. (2011) Positive Youth Development Through Work-Based Learning. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, April.

Bempechat, J., Catraio, C., Blustein, D.L., Kenny, M.E., Seltzer, J.R., Hruby, J., & Cecchetelli, A. (2011). Perceptions of Personal Growth and Maturity: High School Graduates' Reflections of Their Corporate Work-Study Experiences. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, April, New Orleans.

Bempechat, J., Shernoff, D.J., Li, J., Holloway, S.D., & Arendtsz, A.L. (2010). Achievement Beliefs and School Engagement in Low Income Adolescents: A Mixed-Methods Study. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Denver.

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