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1994
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Ee, J. (1994, November/December). Attributional beliefs, goal orientations, strategic learning and achievement of primary 6 Singaporean students. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, New South Wales, Australia.
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This paper reports on a study which examined the relationship of two motivational constructs, namely attributional beliefs and goal orientations, strategic learning and school achievement of Primary 6 students in
Singapore. A total sample of 6494 Primary 6 students from 53 primary schools participated in the study. These students came from three ability streams, including classes for high achieving (EM1), average (EM2) and low achieving (EM3) students. Students' attributional beliefs were assessed using the Causal Attribution Scale (Chan, 1994) and their goal orientations were assessed using the Goal Orientation
Questionnaire (adapted from Nicholls, Patashnick & Nolen, 1985). The Self©Regulated Learning Strategies Scale (Youlden & Chan, 1992) provided measures of students' knowledge and reported use of strategies for learning and studying. School
achievement was calculated from the English and Mathematics scores in the Primary School Leaving Examination conducted by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. Students from the three ability streams were compared on
attributional beliefs, goal orientations, as well as knowledge and reported use of self©regulated learning strategies, using
separate MANOVAs. Further, the patterns of influence of motivation and strategic learning on achievement for students
in the three ability streams were compared, using hierarchical regression analyses and path analyses. Results are discussed
in relation to findings from Australian studies and implications for instruction.
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