The Resource Motivation to do well on low-stakes tests, by James S. Cole, (electronic resource)

Motivation to do well on low-stakes tests, by James S. Cole, (electronic resource)

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Motivation to do well on low-stakes tests
Title
Motivation to do well on low-stakes tests
Statement of responsibility
by James S. Cole
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Language
eng
Summary
According to the self-determination theory, students provided with choice, a rationale, and acknowledgement should report higher levels of motivation and test performance on a low-stakes exam compared to other students. However, there is also some evidence that financial, performance-contingent incentives may facilitate students' test-taking motivation and performance. This experimental study investigated differences in test-taking motivation and test score on a math achievement test due to three interventions: autonomy-support, lottery, or control. The autonomy support group received instructions that included a meaningful rationale, acknowledgment that the task might not be interesting, and avoidance of controlling language. The lottery group received 0, 1, or 2 chances in the lottery, depending on their test scores. For the autonomy and control groups, test taking effort had a significant impact on test performance. However, students who received autonomy support reported higher levels of test effort, but scored significantly lower than students in the lottery group. The performance-based lottery system improved test scores, but only for male test-takers. Based on the results it appears that the two interventions activate different relationships of key variables during a testing situation. The lottery intervention significantly favored males during the math exam. On the other hand, the autonomy intervention minimized gender differences, and facilitated the role of interest and effort during the exam
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MUU
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1965-
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Cole, James S.
Dissertation year
2007.
Granting institution
Thesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
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Bergin, David Allen
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  • Motivation in education
  • Test-taking skills
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specialized
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Motivation to do well on low-stakes tests, by James S. Cole, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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  • The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on September 20, 2007)
  • Vita
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Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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black and white
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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173177559
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unknown
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)173177559
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Motivation to do well on low-stakes tests, by James S. Cole, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on September 20, 2007)
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
173177559
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)173177559
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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