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ERIC Number: EJ1139727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
The Effect of Individual Motivation and Cognitive Ability on Student Performance Outcomes in a Distance Education Environment
Logan, James W.; Lundberg, Olof H.; Roth, Lawrence; Walsh, Kenneth R.
Journal of Learning in Higher Education, v13 n1 p83-91 Spr 2017
The authors explored the effects of general mental ability and motivation (operationalized as conscientiousness) on performance in an online distance education course. The results supported the hypotheses that both higher levels of motivation and higher general mental ability are positively associated with academic performance in a distance learning environment, while low levels of either motivation or general mental ability were associated with lower levels of performance. The results also support the presence of a significant interaction effect between motivation and general mental ability in terms of their relation to performance. High levels of either motivation or general mental ability alone with low levels of the other factor did not produce high levels of performance, demonstrating the importance of simultaneously considering both factors. Theoretical and practical implications of the results are discussed.
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Performance Based Assessment, Distance Education, Student Motivation, Online Courses, Outcomes of Education, Undergraduate Students, Business Administration Education, College Entrance Examinations, Likert Scales, Multiple Choice Tests, Regression (Statistics), Achievement Need, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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