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ERIC Number: EJ1145803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
Students' Perception of Frequent Assessments and Its Relation to Motivation and Grades in a Statistics Course: A Pilot Study
Vaessen, Bram E.; van den Beemt, Antoine; van de Watering, Gerard; van Meeuwen, Ludo W.; Lemmens, Lex; den Brok, Perry
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v42 n6 p872-886 2017
This pilot study measures university students' perceptions of graded frequent assessments in an obligatory statistics course using a novel questionnaire. Relations between perceptions of frequent assessments, intrinsic motivation and grades were also investigated. A factor analysis of the questionnaire revealed four factors, which were labelled "value," "formative function," "positive effects" and "negative effects." The results showed that most students valued graded frequent assessments as a study motivator. A modest number of students experienced positive or negative effects from assessments and grades received. Less than half of the students used the results of frequent assessments in their learning process. The perception of negative effects (lower self-confidence and more stress) negatively mediated the relation between grades and intrinsic motivation. It is argued that communication with students regarding the purpose and benefits of frequent assessments could mitigate these negative effects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands