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ERIC Number: ED498264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-22
Pages: 147
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 99
The Role of Utility Value in the Development of Interest and Achievement
Hulleman, Chris S.
Online Submission
In this dissertation, I evaluate whether helping students see the value in their coursework contributes to interest and achievement. Part 1 describes two studies that test the effectiveness of an instructional intervention to promote perceptions of utility value and interest--particularly for students with lower competence beliefs--compared to a control group. Part 2 extends these findings by conducting a randomized field experiment with high school students, and then examining the motivational processes that account for the effects of the intervention. A process model of utility value effects is proposed and tested. The results demonstrated that the intervention effectively increased perceptions of utility value and interest. In addition, the hypothetical pathways of the process model were supported. Implications for research and practice are discussed. The following are appended: (1) Scale items for Study 1; (2) Scale items for Study 2; (3) Scale Items for Study 3; (4) Relevance Intervention for Study 2; and (5) Relevance Intervention for Study 3. (Contains 11 tables, 13 figures, and 10 footnotes.) [Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison.]
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin