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ERIC Number: EJ996042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1570-1824
Using the Expectancy Value Model of Motivation to Understand the Relationship between Student Attitudes and Achievement in Statistics
Hood, Michelle; Creed, Peter A.; Neumann, David L.
Statistics Education Research Journal, v11 n2 p72-85 Nov 2012
We tested a model of the relationship between attitudes toward statistics and achievement based on Eccles' Expectancy Value Model (1983). Participants (n = 149; 83% female) were second-year Australian university students in a psychology statistics course (mean age = 23.36 years, SD = 7.94 years). We obtained demographic details, past performance, attitudes, and expectancies in Week 2, and attendance records (effort) and course marks (achievement) at the end of semester. Path analysis was conducted via AMOS 19. The final model fit well and explained 40% of the variance in achievement. Past performance (22%), effort (8%), and expectancies (2%) made significant direct contributions. There were significant indirect contributions by each attitude component. Cognitive competence made the largest indirect contribution. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia