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Using large-scale educational data to test motivation theories: a synthesis of findings from Swedish studies on Test-Taking Motivation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Departement of Educational Measurement.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4630-6123
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education, ISSN 2049-5986, E-ISSN 2049-5994, Vol. 4, no 1/2, 52-71 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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With the purpose of mapping the test-taking motivation construct, theoretically and empirically, the current paper presents a synthesis of findings from test-taking motivation studies performed in various large-scale educational assessment settings. Self-report scales measuring reported motivation to spend effort on the test, and in some studies also other aspects of expectancy and value, have been administered to Swedish samples taking tests such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study - Advanced (TIMSS), the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Swedish National Tests. Taken together, results indicate that tests with lower stakes are associated with a lower level of reported test-taking motivation, that the expectancy-value theory seems a viable framework for interpreting the test-taking motivation construct, and that reported level of motivation consistently seems to have a significant effect on test performance, also when modelled together with other motivational and background variables.

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2017. Vol. 4, no 1/2, 52-71 p.
Keyword [en]
effort, expectancy-value theory, national tests, PISA, research synthesis, structural equation modelling, test performance, test-taking motivation, TIMSS
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-132531DOI: 10.1504/IJQRE.2017.086499OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-132531DiVA: diva2:1082291
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-03-16 Created: 2017-03-16 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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