ERIC Number: EJ810342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Longitudinal Analysis of Intrinsic Motivation and Competence Beliefs: Is There a Relation over Time?
Spinath, Birgit; Steinmayr, Ricarda
Child Development, v79 n5 p1555-1569 Sep-Oct 2008
The present study explored whether competence beliefs and intrinsic motivation for different school domains show reciprocal effects over time. A sample of 670 German elementary school pupils (M= 8.8 years, SD= 0.51) was followed over 1 year. At 4 measurement occasions, children completed self-reports on their intrinsic motivation and competence beliefs for math, German, and school in general. Latent growth models revealed that intrinsic motivation and competence beliefs decreased over time. Comparing correlational and cross-lagged structural equation models yielded only weak evidence for cross-lagged influences between the 2 constructs. Results suggest that the developmental curves of competence beliefs and intrinsic motivation might be less inextricably interwoven than frequently assumed.
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Student Motivation, Longitudinal Studies, Beliefs, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Academic Ability, Mathematics Skills, German, Statistical Analysis, Correlation, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Germany