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The objective of this exploratory study is to describe whether thegender of adolescent students may be an influential factor inmotivating their attitudes towards academic achievements or potentialprofessional aspirations. To test a hypothesis that females are morestrongly influenced by intrinsic motivational factors, such asacademic self-concept or self-regulation, than males, who may be moreinclined to seek motivation from external sources, the researchcompares the survey responses of 327 upper level female and malesecondary school students. In the questionnaire, students were askedabout a number of indicators relating to how they perceive themselvesin terms of their sociocultural context, how they view success andwhat their personal aspirations are for academic attainment. Throughthe process of comparing variables which had elicited distinctivelydifferent responses according to students’ gender, it may be suggested that female adolescent students derive more of their motivation forachievement from intrinsic factors, such as a desire for respect andfeelings of competence. Further, results also indicate that girlsrecognize that their gender influences the challenges they may face in trying to achieve their goals, whether this is in secondary school or in trying to fulfill other future aspirations.