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Sinclair, Catherine; Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – Teachers College Record, 2006
Many studies have investigated preservice teachers' motivations to teach. However, few studies have (a) used robust measurement methodologies to test the psychometric properties of instruments measuring motivations to teach, (b) attempted to measure changes over time in preservice teachers' motivations to teach, or (c) attempted to assess the…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Psychometrics
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Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2004
This article outlines the construction and validation of the Goal Orientation and Learning Strategies Survey (GOALS-S). This 84-item survey was designed to measure students' motivational goal orientations and their cognitive and metacognitive strategies. Results of first-order confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) supported the factorial validity of…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Learning Strategies, Goal Orientation, Surveys
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Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M.; Nelson, Genevieve F. – Educational Psychology, 2006
It is widely postulated that school context characteristics and sex may influence students' motivational orientations. However, relatively little empirical evidence exists to support this postulate. Hence the present study sought to examine both the individual and interactive effects of school and sex differences on students' motivational goals.…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Gender Differences, Educational Environment, School Culture
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Martin, Andrew J.; Marsh, Herbert W.; McInerney, Dennis M.; Green, Jasmine; Dowson, Martin – Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 2007
The aim of the present study was to better understand the combined and unique effects of teacher-student and parent-child relationships in students' achievement motivation and self-esteem. Participants were 3450 high school students administered items assessing their interpersonal relationships, academic motivation and engagement, academic…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Gender Differences, Age Differences
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McInerney, Dennis M.; Dowson, Martin; Yeung, Alexander Seeshing – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2005
Elementary students (n = 277, in Grades 5-6) and high school students (n = 615, in Grades 7-12) responded to 26 items of McInerneys Facilitating Conditions Questionnaire (FCQ). Confirmatory factor analyses of the FCQ found seven distinct factors underlying these items. These were perceived value of schooling (Value), affect toward schooling…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Construct Validity, Motivation Techniques, Elementary School Students
Nelson, Genevieve F.; O'Mara, Alison J.; McInerney, Dennis M.; Dowson, Martin – International Education Journal, 2006
There is a paucity of research on motivation and education in developing countries. Although psychological constructs relating to academic engagement and achievement have been identified and researched in a number of cross-cultural settings this body of research has rarely been extended to the developing world. The processes by which students from…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Student Motivation, Foreign Countries, Developed Nations
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Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2001
Identifies and describes the psychological parameters of middle school students' social and work avoidance goals. Describes in detail the structure of students' work avoidance, social affiliation, social responsibility, and social concern goals. Results suggest that a range of social goal orientations are important and adaptive to students'…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Learning Motivation, Middle School Students, Middle Schools
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Barker, Katrina L.; McInerney, Dennis M.; Dowson, Martin – Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology, 2002
Examines effects of the motivational approach on the recall of verbal information processed at shallow and deep levels. Explains that students were assigned to a mastery focused condition, performance approach condition, or a control group. Reports that students remembered more stimulus words during cued recall than free recall. Includes…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Analysis of Variance, Cognitive Processes
Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – 1997
Students' goals (motives) for their schooling have been the focus of much recent research and have been shown to significantly influence important aspects of their cognitive engagement and academic achievement. This paper presents the results of a qualitative investigation into the nature and characteristics of students' social and academic goals,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Processes, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education
Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – 1997
This paper outlines the development of a quantitative instrument designed to measure students' multiple achievement goals and key aspects of their cognitive engagement in Australian educational settings. The paper demonstrates the use of congeneric measurement models in assessing and improving the validity of the scales comprising the Goal…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Need, Cognitive Processes, Educational Objectives
Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – 1998
The relationships between middle school students' multiple motivational goal orientations and their use of multiple cognitive and metacognitive strategies were studied with a focus on relations between these motivational and cognitive variables and students' academic achievement in two curriculum areas. Participants were 602 middle school students…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Processes, Educational Objectives, Foreign Countries
Dowson, Martin; McInerney, Dennis M. – 1998
Age, gender, cultural, and socioeconomic differences in relations between middle school students' motivational goal orientations, their cognitive and metacognitive strategies, and their academic achievement in a variety of curriculum domains were studied. Studies to date typically have used either cognitive or motivational variables to account for…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Differences, Cognitive Processes, Cultural Differences
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McInerney, Dennis M.; Hinkley, John; Dowson, Martin; Van Etten, Shawn – Journal of Educational Psychology, 1998
Discusses a study in which the similarities and differences between Aboriginal Australian, Anglo Australian, and immigrant Australian students' learning-goal orientations were measured. Previous research posits that children embrace different learning goals according to their culture. In contrast, findings indicate that the profiles of all…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Need, Cultural Influences, Educational Psychology