ERIC Number: ED468054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Why Go to School? Why Do Homework? Motivational Correlates for School and Homework in High School Students.
Factors in high school students motivation for school and homework were studied, and other factors that may correlate with achievement motivation were explored. The project was designed in a framework of self-determination. A total of 372 high school students aged 13 to 20 years from 2 high schools completed the survey. Students also reported their cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Results of the survey resulted in a continuum parallel to, but not identical to, a self-determination continuum. The study confirms previous research that has shown that students have varied reasons for attending school and doing homework. This study finds that students achievement motivations are stable across the two learning realms of school and homework. In addition, findings show that students who are rewarded for good grades also report a higher grade point average than students who are not rewarded. The self-determination framework for describing achievement motivation did not manifest as seven unique layers as expected from the factor analyses, probably a result of the exploratory factor analysis technique used for the study. Four appendixes contain the survey and supplemental materials. (Contains 5 tables and 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).