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ERIC Number: ED430185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 32
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A Chaotic Look at Students' Motivation: Exploring the Interface between Chaos Theory and Goal Theory.
Dowson, Martin; Cunneen, Tony; Irwin, Amanda
This paper reports the results of a qualitative study investigating the dynamic operation of students' multiple motivational goals among the senior year cohort of a Catholic secondary boys school in Sydney, Australia. The study found that the relative salience of students' multiple goals, as well as the changing state of their ongoing academic motivation, varied dynamically across school contexts and across time. The study also found that key variables, influencing both the quantity and quality of students' academic motivation, also acted in dynamic ways in various school contexts and over time. One way to conceptualize this dynamism in students' motivation and its related motivational variables is to use a theoretical framework that explicitly addresses the operation of dynamic systems. This study proposes the Chaos Theory, in which dynamic elements are hypothesized to interact in unpredictable but describable ways, and provides an appropriate framework for examining students' motivation, especially in "real life" school and classroom contexts. The study concludes that chaotic perspectives may prove particularly appropriate for future investigations into students' motivation and the processes underlying and associated with this motivation. Thus, this study may act as a template for future studies seeking to explore dynamic perspectives with respect to students' motivation. (Contains 29 references.) (Author/MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia