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Test-taking motivation on low-stakes tests: A Swedish TIMSS 2003 example
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Educational Measurement.
2008 (English)In: Issues and methodologies in large-scale assessments, Hamburg: IEA-ETS Research Institute , 2008, 9-21 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The study’s objective was to investigate the test-taking motivation of students in the Swedish TIMSS 2003 context. Swedish Grade 8 students formed the study sample, and the focus was on mathematics. Test-taking motivation was measured using self-report measures (Likert-scale and open-ended questionnaire items), and reported level of test-taking motivation was regressed on test score. The quantitative part of the questionnaire study showed that the Swedish students in general reported that they were well motivated to do their best in TIMSS. According to regression analysis, test-taking motivation was positively and significantly, although rather weakly, related to mathematics achievement. Qualitative analysis of an open-ended questionnaire item mainly corroborated obtained findings but added some complexity to the results. In their answers to the open-ended item, most students reported they were well motivated to do their best in TIMSS and that they valued a good performance. Many students reported competitive, comparative, or social-responsibility reasons as motivating, while other students seemed more intrinsically motivated to do their best. Findings from quantitative as well as qualitative analyses suggest that the Swedish mathematics result in TIMSS 2003 is unlikely to be negatively affected by a lack of student motivation. However, nothing is known about student test-taking motivation in other countries participating in TIMSS, and further research exploring this issue in an international context is warranted.

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Hamburg: IEA-ETS Research Institute , 2008. 9-21 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-11399ISBN: 978-0-88685-402-7OAI: diva2:151070
Available from: 2008-12-18 Created: 2008-12-18 Last updated: 2009-10-22Bibliographically approved

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