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Identifying motivational styles from the course work tests of ‘A’ level students in Singapore
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Koh, C., & Galloway, D. (2006, May). Identifying motivational styles from the course work tests of ‘A’ level students in Singapore. Paper presented at the ERAS Conference, Singapore.
High levels of academic achievement in Asian educational systems have generated interest in the study of motivational patterns of students in these contexts. The objectives of this paper are firstly, to identify the occurrence of the different motivational styles amongst students in Singapore and secondly, to provide a critique of the assessment technique used and its application in professional practice. The method of identifying the different motivational styles was adapted from a procedure first developed by Craske (1988). The findings of this study indicate that although the distribution of motivational styles amongst the Singaporean students was consistent with that obtained by Craske, there was a higher tendency for maladaptive motivation amongst the males than amongst the females. In contrast, Craske found no gender differentiation, though earlier researchers had found that maladaptive motivation was more common among the females. Although Craske’s technique has the advantage of providing a convenient and easily adaptable tool for assessing motivational outcome, it can only provide partial information on the motivational disposition of an individual, and hence it can be used in conjunction with conventional methods such as self-reporting instruments.
This paper was presented at the ERAS Conference, held in Singapore from 29 – 31 May 2006
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