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ERIC Number: EJ994902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1492-6156
Academic Motivation in Calculus
Matthews, Asia R.; Hoessler, Carolyn; Jonker, Leo; Stockley, Denise
Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, v13 n1 p1-17 2013
Research exists on the role of motivation in student learning, especially with subjects in the humanities and social sciences (e.g., Deci, Vallerand, Pelletier, & Ryan, 1991; Vallerand, Pelletier, Blais, Briere, Senecal, & Vallieres, 1992). This body of research would be well served by broadening current understandings of students of the natural sciences. This article describes a quantitative study of first-year university engineering students taking a calculus course. The central topic that we address is how academic motivation of these students correlates with their performance. The findings indicate that the students in the study are highly motivated, extrinsically more than intrinsically, and that self-determination is predictive of improved academic performance. However, the findings also suggest that intrinsic motivation to know plays an interesting role; specifically, it alone seems to be predictive of better performance on a conceptual part of the exam, even though this measure showed no effect on the overall exam score. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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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
Identifiers - Location: Canada