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ERIC Number: EJ912412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
Attributions for Success: Exploring the Potential Impact on Music Learning in High School
Rosevear, Jennifer C.
Australian Journal of Music Education, n1 p17-24 2010
Students' beliefs about why they may or may not be successful in various pursuits can influence the extent to which they are likely to invest effort in these pursuits and which in turn affects the level of achievement likely to be experienced. Attributional beliefs assign causes for success and failure to a range of factors, including ability, effort, task difficulty and luck (Weiner, 1986). This paper reports on high school students' beliefs about the reasons for their success or otherwise in school subjects and other activities, using data collected as part of a larger study using a researcher-designed "Survey of Musical Experiences and Self-Concept". The participants (N=282) were a mixture of Year 9 and 10 students from three high schools in metropolitan Adelaide. The data collected reveals that the facet of "enjoyment" was perceived as being an important element among the reasons given for achieving success. There are implications for teaching in general, as well as specific applications to high school music education practices. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia