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UCI professor to receive honorary doctorate from Finland’s Jyvaskyla University

Jacquelynne Eccles will be recognized for pioneering work in developmental psychology

August 12, 2016
UCI professor to receive honorary doctorate from Finland’s Jyvaskyla University

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 12, 2016 – Jacquelynne Eccles, Distinguished Professor of education at the University of California, Irvine, is accepting an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Jyvaskyla Friday, Aug. 12 for her pioneering developmental psychology research on motivation and learning. It’s the first time the Finnish university has bestowed an honorary doctorate on a psychologist.

“I’m quite honored,” Eccles said. “I’m particularly proud to receive this award because it reflects on the great contributions my students and colleagues have made over the past 40 years in the field of motivation.”

A principal investigator for the international Pathways to Adulthood postdoctoral fellowship program, she has supervised and mentored many Finnish scholars through research projects on productive youth development.

“The basic motivational research I do translates well across countries, which is the key to successful collaboration,” Eccles said. “We conduct long-term, sustained research that involves social tracking of young people and how they make decisions while in high school that have major consequences in adulthood. Themes of gender, socialization, teacher expectations, classroom influences and social development in the family and at school are applicable around the world and make for interesting international comparisons.”

While in Finland, she also will deliver two colloquium addresses: “Expectancy-Value Theory & Gendered Educational & Occupational Choices” at the University of Jyvaskyla and “Social Group Membership as a Context for Development During Adolescence” at the University of Helsinki.

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