“I'm not doing as well in this class as i'd like to”: Exploring achievement motivation and personality

James S. Cole, Gypsy M Denzine

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This study looked at the relationship of explanatory style and self-systems (including self-esteem and self-efficacy) and the motivation (expectations for success and task value) of students who were dissatisfied with their performance in a particular class. One result is the confirmation that situated variables such as self-efficacy provide the strongest explanation of a student's motivation. Another result is that self-esteem seems to play a minimal role in explaining a student's motivation. Results suggest that learning assistance center (LAC) staff should directly ask students about their academic self-efficacy, expectations for success, and perceptions of task value related to specific courses. In addition, LAC staff should try to identify a student's explanation for not doing well in class.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-44
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of College Reading and Learning
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2004


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