ERIC Number: EJ783182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Emotional Experiences during Test Taking: Does Cognitive Ability Make a Difference?
Goetz, Thomas; Preckel, Franzis; Pekrun, Reinhard; Hall, Nathan C.
Learning and Individual Differences, v17 n1 p3-16 2007
This study examined test-related experiences of enjoyment, anger, anxiety, and boredom in a sample of 2059 German school students (50% female) from grade 6, and how they relate to students' abstract reasoning ability (ARA). Emotions were assessed immediately before, during, and after a mathematics achievement test. Analysis of variance showed that emotions experienced during the test situation differed based on students' ARA level, with correspondence analysis revealing substantial differences between the emotional profiles of different ability groups. Enjoyment proved to be most prominent in students with high ARA, whereas anger and anxiety were predominant for students with low ARA. Boredom was found to be highest among students in the intermediate ARA group. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Ability Grouping, Statistical Analysis, Grade 6, Abstract Reasoning, Anxiety, Cognitive Ability, Psychological Patterns, Student Attitudes, Individual Differences, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
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Identifiers - Location: Germany