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ERIC Number: EJ853012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Measuring Academic Intrinsic Motivation in the First Year of College: Reliability and Validity Evidence for a New Instrument
French, Brian F.; Oakes, William
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v15 n1 p83-102 2003
A 25-item self-report instrument was constructed to measure intrinsic motivation for academic work in the first-year student population. The instrument was based on a taxonomy of four types of intrinsic motivators: challenge, control, curiosity, and career outlook. The aim of this study was to provide reliability and validity evidence for the scores obtained from the instrument. First-year students from a large, public university completed the instrument at the beginning of a first-year seminar course. Results from empirical item analyses, reliability analyses, and confirmatory factor analyses are provided. Results suggest that the instrument is a promising tool for the assessment of intrinsic motivation for academic work with first-year students. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A