ERIC Number: ED121915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
The Performance Cycle: Motivation and Attention as Mediating Variables in School Performance. Home Environment and School Study Report 1974:5.
Keeves, J. P.
In this paper, personality characteristics of the students and their performance at school are linked together. The performance cycle model of 12 months duration used here contains causal relationships between initial achievement, the mediating variables of academic motivation and attentiveness, and final achievement. A random sample of 215 secondary school students in the schools in the Australian Capital Territory provided the study's data. In 1968 and early in 1969, data were gathered on the general ability and the achievement in mathematics and science of the students in the sample, and on their attitudes of self-regard, liking of school and shcool learning, and liking mathematics. During the school year in 1969, information was obtained on the attentiveness of the students in both mathematics and science classrooms. At the end of 1969, further data were collected on level of achievement in mathematics, and on academic motivation. The results of the path analyses for the science and mathematics performance loops were similar. In both analyses the contributions of the disturbance variables to academic motivation, attentiveness, final achievement, and final attitudes were large. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attention, Educational Research, Family Environment, Longitudinal Studies, Mathematics Education, Path Analysis, Performance Factors, Research Methodology, Science Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Promotion, Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment