Test-taking motivation on low-stakes: A Swedish TIMSS 2003 example
2006 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
The study’s objective was to investigate student test-taking motivation in the Swedish TIMSS 2003 context. Swedish eighth-grade students formed the study sample and the focus was on mathematics. Test-taking motivation was measured using questionnaire items and interviews, and reported level of test-taking motivation was regressed on test score. 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 though rather weakly related to mathematics achievement. The interview study mainly corroborated the main results from the questionnaire study but added some complexity to the results. Although most interviewed students reported that they were well motivated to do their best in TIMSS and that they valued a good performance, they nevertheless seemed aware of the fact that the test was low-stakes for them personally. Many students further 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 TIMSS result 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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. 10- p.
TIMSS 2003, test-taking motivation, test performance, mathematics, Swedish eighth-grade students
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-14504OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-14504DiVA: diva2:154175