Flaviu Hodis

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Associate Professor School of Education


Teaching in 2019




I have worked at Victoria University of Wellington since 2008. The substantive component of my research programme focuses on motivation and self-regulation processes. The methodological facet of my research agenda centers on advanced quantitative methods.

Research interests

Substantive research interests

My research draws from social and educational psychology perspectives on human motivation. In so doing, it examines the processes that shape interindividual differences in the types of goals individuals set, the kinds of strategies they use to attain selected goals, and their construal of, and reactions to, success/failure in their goal pursuits.

Methodological research interests

My methodological interests revolve around advanced quantitative methods. Some of the techniques I have employed in my research include structural equation modeling, exploratory structural equation modeling, latent profile analysis, bifactor modeling, and a host of univariate and multivariate longitudinal models (e.g., latent growth modeling, growth mixture modeling).

Current/recently completed research

My current/recent research has enfolded along three main directions of inquiry; important components of this research were supported by a Fast-Start grant funded by the New Zealand’s Royal Society Marsden Fund.

One facet of my research has mapped the complex interrelationships among regulatory focus (i.e., promotion and prevention) and mode orientations (i.e., locomotion and assessment). Findings from this line of research have indicated that investigating the motivation profiles mapping the interrelationships among these four motivation orientations facilitates in-depth understanding of important motivation effects.

Another component of my research agenda has involved extending the nomological network of the expectancy of success, which is a construct that influences in key ways how students engage with school and how well they achieve. Findings from this area of research have suggested that having higher levels of promotion is associated with stronger expectancies of success in two important learning domains.

A third direction of my research programme has explored important aspects regarding the measurement of promotion, prevention, locomotion, and assessment. Results from this line of research have indicated that these constructs can be measured appropriately in the population of New Zealand secondary school students.

Supervision interests

  • Motivation
  • Self-regulation and Self-control
  • Grit


  • Quantitative data analytic techniques

Recently completed supervision

Doctoral thesis completion:

Michelle L. Stevens (2015). Identifying and validating prelinguistic communicative forms and functions in children with developmental disability. Victoria University of Wellington. Third supervisor.

Master’s thesis completion:

Yi Li (2016). The role of promotion and prevention orientations in secondary school students’ motivation to study: A qualitative analysis. Victoria University of Wellington. Sole supervisor.



Teaching in 2019