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ERIC Number: EJ875541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1099-839X
What Do Students Expect to Learn? The Role of Learner Expectancies, Beliefs, and Attributions for Success and Failure in Student Motivation
Jernigan, Christine Galbreath
Current Issues in Education, v7 n4 2004
This study uses the foreign language classroom to examine students' beliefs about learning, perceptions of goal attainment, and motivation to continue language study. Survey and interview results indicated students' attributions for success and failure and their expectations for certain subjects' learnability played a role in the relationship between goal attainment and volition. It appears that over-effaciousness negatively affected student motivation. For other students who felt they were "bad at languages," their negative beliefs "increased" their motivation to study. Suggestions for how these results apply to other disciplines and interventions for increasing student motivation are offered. (Contains 17 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A